Reform Street

By John Hughes

This is Reform Street.

Is there one in your city?

Is it similar to this?


Here the upper storeys house

lawyers, dentists and opticians.

There are flats too, but many lie empty.

Has your street changed?


At ground level a gent’s outfitter,

a sexy undies seller, a bookies

and two pubs remain.

Has your street changed little?


Here a heart charity has departed

but two new charities have arrived.

A major shop has gone

and is replaced by another national name.

The Victoria Wine chain has gone

as have several small companies.


Has your street changed much?

Several shops are replaced by cafes,

but many premises are empty

showing “to let” or “For sale” signs.


True in your town too?

Reform Street?