“Don’t you lot amalgamate round here!”

my friend’s mother used to shout

whenever she saw us playing in the street.


We loved the sound of it.

It made us laugh.

It was not a word ever heard 

in our working class street.

We didn’t know what it meant

so we looked it up 

in the library’s dictionary.


What a word!

We used to gather round there

just to hear her say it,

just for a laugh.


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