Birmingham is

Birmingham is

Birmingham is Big, but fits inside my pocket
Birmingham is International, coloured by its people
Birmingham is Rich, vibrating like a violin
Birmingham is Motorway connecting and inviting
Birmingham is Improvising boogie-woogie fusion
Birmingham is Neighbourhood, from Erdington to Hollywood
Birmingham is Ghosts, in catacombs and cloisters
Birmingham is Happening, bustling and boisterous
Birmingham is Animated, stimulating, motivating
Birmingham is Moreish like chocolate and tea

Birmingham is Cadbury, Typhoo, Bird’s and Rover
a journey, a heritage, a poem bubbling over

Birmingham is Ballet, Balti and Bull Ring
Birmingham is Ikon, canals to ride your bike on
Birmingham is Rednal, Rotunda and Rotton Park
Birmingham is Music pulsating Broad Street after dark
Birmingham is Iron Man, Victoria and Floozie
Birmingham is NEC, NIA and ICC
Birmingham is Gas Street, Brasshouse, Brindley
Birmingham is Heavy metal, Brylcreem and jewellery
Birmingham is Aston Villa, Birmingham City
Birmingham is Mosque, Cathedral and Church

Birmingham is Brummagem, a limerick, a sonnet,
a never ending growing list of reasons why I love it.

© Heather Wastie
http://www.wastiesspace.co.uk

from Don’t Oil The Hinges published Sept 2018 by Black Pear Press

Come and see me perform this poem as part of my featured-poet set
at Licensed to Rhyme, Cafe Morso, 16 Hewell Road, Birmingham B45 8NE
on
Monday 12th November  7.00pm