The seven trumpet blasts

I begin to walk to Stepney
As the first angel blows his trumpet –
I take a photo of a busy yellow garage
Then I walk under the railway bridge

I see the remains of an old house
Destroyed in an air raid
Where a living room used to be
There is a pavement and two trees

A working-man is fixing the phone lines
For a quiet residential area
I pass through the well-trodden ground
Of the old Jewish cemetery

I pass by the row of Alms Houses
Protected by old iron railings
A second trumpet blast across the sky
I walk through Stepney church gate

Another trumpet blast in the sky
I return back now down Whitehorse Road;
The Tower Project. A car park with two white vans
The Half Moon Theatre seems to glow in the sun

Another blast from a trumpet across the sky
A man carrying two shopping bags
Cursing and threatening the world around him
Opens his door into a derelict building

A third trumpet blast in the summer heat
The shops opposite almost empty
The abandoned Callegaris Restaurant
The triple railway bridges of Limehouse

Franks Café near the c2c railway bridge
I stop to photograph thebridge wall
The huge columns that support the railway bridge
And the old cattle fountain

A fourth trumpet sounds in the sky
I walk passed the Marina Elite apartments
A woman in a surgical mask at the zebra crossing
I go socially distancing in Tesco Express

A fifth trumpet blast above,
The gash of the sky between tall red buildings
Walking to the end of Commercial Road
I stop to see the graffiti on the towpath wall

I take a photo of 777 Commercial Road
A listed building empty 30 years or more
The busy crossroads into West India Dock Road,
The sixth angel blows his trumpet

The skyscrapers cut clear into the sky
The blast of the seventh trumpet,
An eerie silence across the silver bending river
Babylon the Great has fallen


Author: blackbird212012

I am interested in multimedia work: songwriting, art, and creative writing. I have been involved also in theatre and music performances.

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