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The feral streets

Phil Roberts 1957 (Melbourne)

On Footscray's lonely winter paths
Muggers walk the night,
Good people live in terror
The police nowhere in sight.

On Footscray's darkened roadways
Druggies stalk their prey,
Content to walk in moonlight
Where they know the police won't stray.

The muggers and the druggies
Control old Footscray's streets,
The law-abiding cower inside
Afraid of who they'll meet.

Yelling strange and foul abuse
Beggars with their hands held out,
The poor and lonely have to give
From fear of those who tout.

Winos of both sexes
Shout out slurred abuses,
The terrified stay locked indoors
Forced to live life as recluses.

Night-time now is never safe
In Footscray's torrid ways,
So inside hide the innocent
Awaiting break of day.


THE END
© Copyright 2021Philip Roberts
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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