Cadged– #writephoto


Did Turpin’s Troupe

Drop him

Deep in the Soup?


That Devil’s cast of scallywags

and wild haired, grinning hags…

who still adorn the plastered walls

in glory’s glossy primer face.

There now to tease and please

the local populace.

And tell their tales of times much less genteel

when stench and reek

roamed every wayward street.


But how, to climb up an’ out

the grime of fetid mire

where every winsome wench

would rightly kiss and tell…?

Black Jake, alas

went on the make…

and now he’s hoisted higher

than our church spire…

they’ll watch him fry in hell.


Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 112

10 thoughts on “Cadged– #writephoto

    1. My take is loosely based on the story behind the ‘pub sign’. I have ‘insider knowledge’ of the place which in these challenges can sometimes be a help but can also be a hindrence…


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