Here there’s no up or down,
we’re in the middle, centred.
We see missiles hurtle overhead
from north to south and back again.
We grew up in the Bull Ring,
flaunt our bab, bostin’, deaf it,
on the way to the outdoor
for a bottle of pop.
We are Julie Walters, Jasper Carrott,
UB40, Ozzy Osborne.
We’ve seen and made it all;
two centuries of sweat and beer,
Spaghetti Junction hearts.
Ben Banyard grew up in Birmingham but now lives near Bristol. His pamphlet, ‘Communing’, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2016, and his first full collection, ‘We Are All Lucky’, is due out early in 2018. Ben also edits Clear Poetry: https://clearpoetry. wordpress.com and blogs at https://benbanyard. wordpress.com