Part of the Poems on the Underground series, a poster print of the poem 'Buses on the Strand' by RP Lister featured on the transport system for the Tube150 celebrations.
Size: 61cm x 18cm
Buses on the Strand
The Strand is beautiful with buses,
Fat and majestical in form,
Red like tomatoes in their trusses
In August, when the sun is warm.
They cluster in the builded chasm,
Corpulent fruit, a hundred strong,
And now and then a secret spasm
Spurs them a yard or two along.
Scarlet and portly and seraphic,
Contended in the summer's prime,
They beam among the jumbled traffic,
Patiently ripening with time,
Till, witha final jerk and rumble,
The Strand tomatoes, fat and fair,
Roll past the traffic lights and tumble
Gleefully down Trafalgar Square.
About the author:
Richard Percival Lister, an Englishman born in 1914 in Nottingham, is best known as a writer, poet, and artist. Apart from Lister's competence in technological matters, in 1950 he abandoned metallurgy for writing, publishing most of his works under the name R. P. Lister. They include prose novels, autobiographical accounts of travel and other experiences, historical works, and poetry. Apart from his writings he later became in effect a professional artist in response to enthusiasm for his paintings.