Hiss of samosas hitting the frying pan.
Crackle from chips being wrapped.
Vibrating boom from the record stall.
This is our ends.
The air alive with spices and smoke and handshakes and happy how’s-your-mothers.
Chuckles and cackles bouncing around the market. The paved streets lining with locals with rich stories. Faces familiar and friendly. Undeterred.
Crowds gather around Jackie fruit and veg as she retells that story we love to hear, just one more time Jackie.
This is our town. Radio John snoozing on his stall, Viv’s leopard prints and Ahmed’s fish. They’ll be around forever.
No matter how many tall gawky coffee shops with spindly metal chairs sitting outside and fingers clattering on silver white laptops.
This will always be our town.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed my short story/ poem (I’m definitely not a poet!). This piece came about when I went on a writing trip with The Writing Squad where we explored gentrification in London through photography and writing.
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