Mud Larks!

In the putrid mud of the river Thames 

the mud larks searched for any treasure

up to their waists they each scrabbled

looking for things that could be recovered

women and children spent their existence

trying to make a living just to survive

in the eighteenth century of old London town

they wallowed in mud face down!


Toiling every day to find any kind of items

just so they could make a basic living

in all weathers there they clambered

through slime and riverside deep mud 

finding trinkets and gold from deep below

the mud larks were part of London’s history

exhausted and starving they had to seek

even though undernourished and weak!


They are remembered at the Thames low tide

the mud larks together side by side!



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