yet another pole

asking for directions on dudley road a regular thing now
pole as in i from poland you understand not freudian symbol
i take his creased note into the barbers emerge enlightened

sprechen sie deutsch headshake vous parlez francais ditto
eventually he limps off I think in the right direction
a scruffy man seeks work more power to his elbow many trueblue

brits will run a mile from grafting but complain they take our jobs
now i can truly state the other day i walked from pole to pole
thought about 1940 they were welcomed then all right