The Rag N' Bone Men

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a Poem I wrote based on the excellent cult classic BBC T.V. Sitcom called Steptoe & Son, it Starred Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett.
It was written by Galton & Simpson and was about a Father and Son who were Rag and Bone Men in London.

Submitted: March 20, 2011

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As the mornings cold air is crisp
Sunlight shines down on the capitals
Dark, drab, grey forgotten streets
 
As a tired, downtrodden middle aged man
Goes about his daily routine
Dressed in an old long overcoat, gumboots,
Worn old trousers, a ragged scarf and old flat cap
 
Collecting everybody’s rubbish, junk, rags and any unwanted old crap
Piled high up on his old treasured cart
Pulled by his old noble trusty steed
As they trot merrily but slowly on their way
 
Reaching an old yard
Pilled and cluttered
With scrap and rubbish that nobody wants
Let alone will buy
 
As inside an old forgotten house
A scruffy, dirty, cynical
Small, slight, frail, thin old man
A forgotten war hero of an old dying breed
Wrapped up in gloves, a neckerchief, long overcoat and a homburg hat
Watches the world go by
 
Moaning about this and that
How living with no money is not very funny
Along with the many modern changes he doesn’t understand
 
It seems like forever now
Since that young man sailed off to war
In that far off foreign land
 
Somehow it’s even longer since he last kissed
His dying wife’s frail lilywhite hand
 
As outside from the yard
His son yells and shouts
For him to help him unload the cart
 
He slowly rises from his chair
Sighing with a heavy old weak heart
Muttering oh my gawd
Knowing that they are both lowly Rag N’ Bone men
Struggling daily to get by
 
He says a prayer to God
Please look after both of them
 
To that
We can only say
Amen.


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