Canto LXIV

The ground has opened outside HMV
to give us all a view of London’s guts,
the pipes for gas and electricity,

the arteries that fuel the storefront lights,
cross-cross over dry cement and sand
as two men in hi-vis and builder’s hats

stare into it, one listens to commands
then answers back into his radio,
“It’s looking bad, the way the damage stands

I’d say five minutes til the bastard blows”
We all hear him and yet, we shuffle on
into our retail paradise to browse

PlayStation games and Blu Rays, gaze upon
the endless discount items, aisle to aisle,
for one day all of this may well be gone

if that hole widens from metres to miles
or growing cracks from the construction site
trespass hallowed ground of shopping malls.

We must shop on and not give in to fright,
as long as change jangles within our pockets—
just look up to the early Christmas lights

and leave it to the men in yellow jackets.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. peter litton
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 00:28:52

    This is wonderful metaphor for a little local difficulty…was one of the men, perhaps, a plump German Lady and the other a diminutive Frenchman. If there had been a man in the hole he would have been Greek.

    Some of the rhymes in this are as dodgy as a Greek I.O.U.


    • Niall O'Sullivan
      Nov 04, 2011 @ 09:36:00

      Dodgy rhymes are in the eye of the beholder old chap, I prefer a slanted or half rhyme to an obvious or full rhyme that the argument or sentence has to be contorted in order to accomodate


  2. peter litton
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 01:30:12

    I’ve never considered the idea of a slanted or half rhyme but it makes perfect sense, ‘cos too often I’ve given up on a good idea when the rhyme wouldn’t fit.


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