Poet's Corner: Maris
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We’re back for another installment of Poet’s Corner, our brand new series featuring poetry written for you, by you! We’ll be sharing your poetry throughout the year, and it’s totally up to you what you write about. If you want to get involved, let us know over at @NCS or fill in our writer application form. Today, we’ve got a poem by Clary which will get your taste buds tingling...
There’s a place down the road
Between the girls’ school, the boys’ school and the bus stop
Where uniform clad teens venture clutching
Tiny purses or loose change.
They’re not very social.
Huge doner meat spins behind the counter
As MTV blasts on a TV behind us
That hangs above a greasy leather sofa.
But oh, when you get that bag
Of £2 worth of chips,
Thin, long, and coated in paprika
You would move mountains for that first crunchy bite.
It’s places like these we come to
Devoting our focus, bouncing our knees
Through chemistry class, thinking of when we’ll taste
That salty storm in a paper bag.
You can smell it from a mile off. It’s impossible
To have a bag all to yourself, because someone
Has just smelt it from the other side of market
Where we all wait for our buses
And now they’re your best friend for as long as it takes to get a handful.
What that place meant to us.
Rowdy teens drifting through school, living for a lunchtime gossip session
Or football game, desperate for a mouthful of something we can call home, and comfort
And goodness. We love those fries,
From the precocious year 13s with UCAS forms to finish and hair to plait
To the year seven boys who mock and shout
And drop their homework on the puddles in the pavement.
It’s a symbol of belonging, a badge of pride
A stamp of our town that’s universally hated and nicknamed rude portmanteaus
Until it serves us chips from a shop with the O missing from the sign.
Paprika. That damn paprika smells better than you could even imagine.
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