Billy Smart's Circus is coming to town -
posters carousel shopwindows through Dagenham -
the clown is a mutant made from Michael Jackson
and Pappa Lazaru : his upturned nose says 'go',
the pleading whites of his eyes say 'come to me'.
In Romford Wetherspoons two young men
glyph a table with a London-to-scale map,
flicking beer from bottles with plans furtive as kingfishers.
Above them on the wall is a sketch of Romford Market
in early modern times and a tag that runs witout typo
RUMFORD, ESSEX - before the amphibian days
as a London Borough of Havering and one of the few
to still receive & accept - as community - the travelling circus