Matt Black – Like Marbles in a Tin

Like marbles in a tin

written after talking to lovely people and groups at the Bus Park Café in Swadlincote, Derbyshire

The winds are bitter cold, you’d think we’d had enough,
All the same High Streets, the modern world is rough,
All machines and faceless, and no jobs, it’s tough
But we’ll always get through, always find a way
Because we come together down at the Resistance Café

It’s all for profit now, for some fat cat’s stash,
We turn the heating down, because we haven’t got the cash,
But we’re living it up tonight, bingo, bangers ‘n mash,
You couldn’t want for better, so hear our call, W’hey
Come on down and find us at the Resistance Café

If you ask what’s in ‘Swad’, we’ll say it’s all gone,
And the cuts, buses, benefits, hospitals, it’s all wrong,
But we’ve got cheese on toast, and that’s our song
We’re young at heart, and we do enjoy a buffet
So come on down and join us at the Resistance Café

We know each other, help each other, plot
Our next travel trip, Scarborough’s a favourite spot,
We bring each other tea, because little things mean a lot
And you gotta get out every day
So we’ll see you down at the Resistance Café

We talk and talk, little stuff, big stuff, sitting
In a circle, we natter while we’re knitting,
Yes, we like to rattle, we’re like marbles in a tin
We like to get things off our chest, have our say
And we’re raising funds down at the Resistance Café

Whatever someone needs, we just give or lend,
It’s what we do, we make do and mend,
We won’t lie down, and you’ll always find a friend
While the politicians think they’ve had their way
We’re just getting on down at the Resistance Café


Matt Black writes poems for adults and children, lives in Sheffield and Leamington Spa, and has 2 grown-up children. He was Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011-2013), and his most recent collections are Footsteps and Fuddles: Laureate Poems (Derbyshire County Council), and The Owl and the Pussycat and the Turtles of Fun  (Two Rivers Press). He invented the world’s first Poetry Jukebox.