[Guest blog by Laura Nyahuye]
Coventry, Coventry, packed with
I look around me, l see black people, l see white people
I see them coming and going
I see people… people from all walks of life
Coventry, you are rich
Rich in culture
My mind wonders, it wanders back in time
A time l was not yet born
A time none of us were here
A time way, way back in History
A time when they wore Victorian dresses
A time when they rode horses from place to place
A time when gentlemen bowed to ladies
A time when women curtsied to gentlemen
My mind wonders
What was it like? I wonder
How did they converse? I wonder….
Did they ever wonder about now?
About this present future?
Coventry, Coventry, full of history
My mind comes back to here and now…..
Conversations going back and forth around me
How Coventry was,
How Coventry is
How Coventry will be
Coventry you are beautiful
Coventry you are rich
The Car factory
The Weavers factory
The Bicycle factory
The Watch factory
The Elephant?….. I take a pause…..
The elephant makes me wonder
The elephant of Coventry got me wondering…….
Wondering if my late mother followed me to Coventry…
My late mother’s totem was ‘Elephant’
A story for another day….
A cultural thing….