IAN BELLARD

Blue Plaque

 

Where they going to put my blue plaque?

Can they put 52 Greenway Road back?

 

That’s down in old Runcorn,

the town where I was born.

 

When people come to see

the birthplace of the author, me,

 

when they want to congregate

at the site of my birth-date,

 

it’ll be a shame to disappoint

tourists from Weston Point,

 

or to present just a blank

to exotic travellers from West Bank,

 

as they stand there and witness

the slip road to Widnes.

 

Perhaps they’ll be something, who knows when?

When they re-design the town, once again.

 

Or they’ll make a magnet for your fridge,

me before the Runcorn-Widnes bridge.

 

But for now you might find me

reading my words at the Brindley,

 

working towards that day

when I’m celebrated for a great play,

 

when someone looks at my works and likes them all

and says, ‘Let’s stick a blue plaque on his wall.’

 

Well, where they going to put that blue plaque?

They’ll have to put 52 Greenway Road back.