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Poetry Pleases: Chiswick

But Chiswick, lovely Chiswick, shows
How quickly you can shed your woes.
The peace and calm and ordered life
Dispel the stress, displace the strife.

Brian Lockett celebrates his home territory, lovely Chiswick.

When I’m abroad, where e’er I roam,
I think of Chiswick as my home,
The home of Hogarth, Forster, too,
A place to work, to think, to woo.

I’ve lived in Acton where, they say,
You scarcely get the time of day,
And Balham, Gateway to the South,
Where folk are overready with their mouth.

In Richmond people rarely smile.
In Twickenham they’re green with bile.
The girls in Hammersmith are mean.
The place is tatty, drab, unclean.

In Ealing and around those parts
You’d scarcely think that they had hearts.
While Brentford men are in The Times *
Because of multifarious crimes.

But Chiswick, lovely Chiswick, shows
How quickly you can shed your woes.
The peace and calm and ordered life
Dispel the stress, displace the strife.

It’s Chiswick then that I am sure
Best typifies great London’s lure.



* The Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth Times, of course

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