Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.

Beetroot in your salad

Beetroot in your salad

Looking out the window seeing the smoky streets,

Going out the terraced houses,

Liking the smooth homemade porridge on my lips,

Walking up steep, slow hills to school,

Smoke billows around Walkleys cobbled street,

Seeing the smoky view out of the school window,

Going to the toilet in the freezing, shivering cold.


Just our plain shoes and coats as thin as paper,

Beetroot in your salad,

Thick rice pudding,

Cracking the icy toilets,

Yuck the powdered eggs! When will we get fresh?


In the classroom playing,

Trying to not get caught,

If you did ruler or slipper for you,

Girls playing with dolls and boys playing with board games outside,

My school bag dragged over my shoulder.

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