Poetry for Sale

In the last two weeks, I have been for two interviews, both with the same company, in London. I very much hope that I have been successful, as I love their technology and I think that the company culture and the people are great. I am worried that I didn’t perform to the best of my ability but we shall see. I’ll hear their decision by the end of next week.

However, that is not the point of this post.

On both occasions, I walked from Waterloo Station, along the South Bank, across one of the many Thames bridges, to the company’s office in Bishopgate, and back. That experience reminded me that London is a glorious kaleidoscope of culture, language and cuisine. It is a wonderful city!

Poet on South Bank

Luke the Poet

On my way back from my second interview, I had just passed the Globe and the Tate Modern, when I encountered a poet called Luke. He was sitting on a collapsible chair, behind a collapsible table, typing on an old-fashioned typewriter. Yes! A typewriter! It was just like the one that I used as a Squadron orderly corporal in the Royal Engineers back in the seventies to type out the daily orders.

Luke was selling poetry. He had signs up, offering to write poems o any subject for whatever the passing public were willing to pay.

I stopped and had a chat with him. I liked him. He had just completed a poem, to order, for a young American couple. It was about twenty lines long. In response to their request. He signed the bottom of the piece of paper. After a short discussion, the young man gave him two fivers.

Business was steady. With his permission, I took this photo of him for my blog.

The short encounter with Luke filled me to the brim with happiness. He is doing something that he enjoys. He won’t make a fortune but he is happy. So am I.

About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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4 Responses to Poetry for Sale

  1. ksbeth says:

    I love everything about this and know it will work out for you-

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  2. Thanks! I hope so. I am a bit down at the moment.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    I do hope you get the job but will you have to work in London. It’s a big commute . Anyway I hope it works out the way that suits you best.
    As for Luke I love this idea of him writing poems to order, power to his fingers. 💜💜

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  4. Wow, that is very enterprising, very impressive. Good luck with the jobs, hope all works out.

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