Nostalgia for a Tenement
The family Bible on the shelf,
The jaw-box where I washed my feet
Efter tanner-ba' fitba' in the street.
Lampposts for goal posts
Twenty in each team.
A kerbside enclosure for letting off steam!
Up the stairs like a mountain goat
"O-P-E-N" from a husky throat,
Old zinc bath ablow the bed,
The kitchen range - shining black-lead,
The kettle never off the boil,
Nightly dose of castor oil!
The squeal of pulleys thro' the wa'
The woman's face that says it a'.
Grime and grease and sentiment -
Nostalgia for tenement...'"