The Pets that stayed behind. Poem.

Mr & Mrs Smith are leaving England.
Basildon Council has bought their Laindon home.
They can’t take their Alsatian dog with them.
They have given him to me.

Mum and Dad aren’t keen but will give having
a dog a try.
The dog has to go cries Mum.
Ok says Dad and opens the door and tells
it to go home, knowing it will.
It chewed our new hall carpet.

Mr & Mrs Brown are leaving England.
Basildon Council has bought their Laindon home.
They can’t take their parrot with them.
They have given it to me.

Mum and Dad aren’t keen but will give having
a parrot a try.
The parrot has to go cries Mum.
I take it back to Mrs Brown.
It tore the hair off my sister’s doll.
It could have been a baby says Dad.

Mr and Mrs Grey are leaving England
Basildon Council has bought their Laindon home.
They can’t take their Nanny Goat with them.
They have given her to me.

Mum and Dad aren’t keen and will NOT give
having a goat a try.
No way, am I milking a goat says mum.
Jimmy Gibson is delivering our green grocery
order today.
He takes the goat to keep on his farm.

Mr and Mrs White are leaving England.
Basildon Council has bought their Laindon home.
They can’t take their budgie with them.
They have given it to me.

WE SAID NO MORE ANIMALS.
But it’s only a budgie I cry.
OK says Mum and Dad, it can stay.
It’s laid an egg cries Mum.
So the budgie’s name becomes Georgina
instead of George.

NO MORE ANIMALS says Mum and Dad

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  • That was very sad Ellen. We rented from the Basildon Development Corporation when we first got married. I remember reading through the tenancy rules and regulations which said something like ‘You are not allowed to keep pigs but you can keep a few chickens’. That made me laugh because we were in a one bedroom flat up two flights of stairs. (New laid eggs would have been nice though).

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (22/02/2019)
  • Oh, after fifty seven years, these memories resonate with me.

    We were compulsory purchased in 1961 and at that time my father was rehoused in a one bedroomed flat in Basildon. As we were living with him in his bungalow, I and my husband were rehoused in a two bedroomed flat in Nether Priors. We had two dogs, two cats and a parrot that were brought back from South America in the 1930’s by my uncle, for my mother. We had one dog put down and the others rehoused, as pets were not allowed in flats at that time. A very traumatic time.

    By Ellen English(nee Burr) (22/02/2019)

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