A few year’s back I did a workshop with performance poet Luke Wright. He asked us to draw on our histories and find something to write about that had an authentic voice.

We were to use three matching rhymes, eight syllables for every line and a repeated refrain for the final line of each verse.

I journeyed back to my youth going out to Blackpool nightclubs…

 

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

The night descends and bouncers prowl

With lips that curl and thoughts that growl

You’ll lay it all on with a trowel

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

At Branigans looms Bouncer Bob

By day, bedraggled TV slob

Drinks in the power of his job

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

The pubs spew punters onto streets

The stags and hens zigzag the beat

All searching for their next retreat

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

And on the door of Branigans

A rancid queue of permatans

And Bob feels power in his hands

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

Johnny sports his football shirt

Our Rita’s hitchin up her skirt

Although by day, she’s known as Burt

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

It’s Bob’s world now, his word is law

Your face don’t fit, he’ll slam the door

Soon Johnny’s face is on the floor

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

Cos here’s no place for football kits

Your better off flashing your tits

And – if you’re Burt – not other bits

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

 

Bob doesn’t like the look of you

Or you’re not wearing the right shoes

A hen snogs Bob – ‘Cheers love, you’re through’

Your name’s not down, you can’t come in

Suzie_Inman

Suzie_Inman

Suzie has worked in marketing, PR and communications for more than 20 years. She has worked for and with brands including visitBlackpool, JVC, Elemis and in the South West the Eden Project, Skinners, ShelterBox, Porthleven Food Festival, Whistlefish, Tempest Photography, Tom Raffield and more. Suzie believes in the power of the personal touch — and of telling and sharing stories to make meaningful connections with customers.

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