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A busy scene in the shopping  area of the Bull Ring complex,  Birmingham, England, in May 1966.   

1966
The Bull Ring in the 60s

 

The skyline’s scaffolding-free after two years

and more, shows a state-of-the-art new Bullring

with sculpted black bull who’s poised to charge

off the wall, herd motorists to the indoor carpark

where escalators unbuckle their silvery steps,

glide to a hundred shops beneath a single cover.

 

Not everyone’s happy as they view guitars, stereos,

Beatles LPs, search for cotton knickers and socks.

Even the name’s changed, a woman tuts, remembers

when the old fish market was bombed, lost its roof

but kept trading. She’d eat cockles at a proper table;

wanders back outside, ponders concrete horizons.

 

 

© Sheila Jacob

Picture 10123638, photograph, 1966

 

 

Sheila Jacob was born and raised in Birmingham, and lives with her husband in North Wales. She has three children and five grandchildren. She resumed writing poetry in 2013 after a long absence and, at 66, considers herself to be an old new poet. She’s had poems published in Sarasvati, The Dawntreader, The Cannon’s Mouth, Clear Poetry, The Poetry Shed and on The Poetry School Blog.