Wednesday, 23 January 2013

How to fence wallet

Well done me lads
You've picked a good pocket or two
Now listen good
I'm going to tell you whatta do
Don't bring 'em wallets to me
No boys no
What would I do wiv 'em?
There's somewhere else to go
My mate Bill
He's the fencer yeah
Take 'em to him
You'll get your share
Then bring tha' to me
Don't hesitate right
Pay for your tea
Before out again for the night

Xxxxxxx

This poem is inspired by Dickens' Oliver Twist and this picture by George Cruikshank entitled Fagin's Thieves. It's linked up with other fence poems at Poets United.

18 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

You have captured exactly the tone and diction of Fagin. Wonderful take on fences.

Libby Meador said...

Best not to cross this fence or drink his tea.

Janet Martin said...

Well done!

Mary said...

This was fun, Emma!! 'Fencing' isn't for the faint of heart.

rch said...

Ha I knew it as soon as I read the first line having been one of the orphans in a local production long ago - bravo.

Kim Nelson said...

You captured both environment and mood quite nicely. This could be from a monologue of a new production of Oliver!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

:) I recognised Fagin immediately!

Panchali said...

Loved this one, very creative. Yeah, this reminds me of the pickpocketer Fragin...:)

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Fun take on the prompt!

Emma Major said...

thanks sherry, I am a massive dickens fan and adore Oliver twist

Emma Major said...

but it'd be great to be a fly on the wall

Emma Major said...

thanks Janet

Emma Major said...

unless the faint of heart are very poor

Emma Major said...

me too :)

Emma Major said...

now there's a compliment, thanks Kim

Emma Major said...

he's very special ain't 'e

Emma Major said...

thanks, oh to have a day as a loveable rogue

Emma Major said...

thanks Robyn