(Written in a Fire Station Watchroom during a raid)
When in the after years the tale is told
Of these strange days while Britain stands at bay,
Holding the pass – as, at Thermopylae,
Leonidas – then write the names in gold,
Along with Dunkirk, Narvik, and the rest
Of Bermondsey, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Bow,
Wapping and Rotherhithe; who stood the test
Of total war, nor flinched beneath the blow.
The people of the little streets stood firm –
And Britain stands. Remember this, Mayfair,
Whitehall and City, when at last the term
Is set to battle; think then of the share
So bravely borne, our freedom to defend,
By front line folk of Borough and East End.
– Daily Telegraph