Double-decker buses, Cadbury egg McFlurries,
and entertaining drunks on the Tube.
A pea-soup atmosphere that should depress,
Homeless in bus stations with tattered blankets, paper cups, hungry dogs, and loose change.
A scarf tied just so, long coats, and barely sensible shoes.
Museums and galleries, towers and bridges;
a blend of the old and the new accompanied
by the sloshing of the Thames.