SOHO (The Commercialisation of a Character) – a poem

Has there ever been,
A more changing scene.
Than on the Soho streets 
In London Town?

In the 50’s and 60’s 
It was a classy affair
A place for artists and actors
To meet

Interesting characters to greet.
A place to retreat.
For the hustlers and the men 
who dared to fall in love.

In later years the landscape changed
It was a brassy affair
Where dealers and rogues
Would sliver in droves
Marking the territory
Like an alley cat.

Gangs would fight
And hatred prevail
By those to ignorant to care
About the lady of Soho.

In recent years it was a sassy affair
Women who flaunt their wares
Without a care
For the passing tourist
Eager to take a photo
To remind them of Soho
in London Town


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