Bring out yer dead….

Black death blood and guts

Fleas on rats as big as cats

Summer death follows.

 

Alison Jean Hankinson

V0010682 A rat stowing away on a ship, carrying the plague further af

This is for d’Verse poetics we were asked to write a poem that was related to a sign or symbol and this came from my Year 7 teaching today, where the red cross on the door of a house meant the occupants had the plague and the cries on the street were “Bring out yer dead”.

The image is from Wikimedia.

The file from Wellcome images-

A rat stowing away on a ship, carrying the plague further afield. Drawing by A.L. Tarter, 194-.

Iconographic Collections
Keywords: Albert Lloyd Tarter