Canto CCIX

It isn’t quite the final scene in Scarface—
three hooded boys riding their bicycles
through a typical South London Estate,

three ghosts realised in black and white pixels.
Inside the shop, in full colour, we see
the final footsteps of the little girl

under fluorescent lights, then the melee
signals the gunshots that we cannot hear.
The final shot of the report displays

the mugshots of the three young men whose stares
hint that they occupy another world
to the twelve that have been wryly dubbed their peers.

Too much reality fractures the Real,
the boys lost so long in their fantasy,
that will shield them throughout their years in jail

from thoughts of precious little casualties.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. peter litton
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 09:27:06

    Grief, this is sad…failure and lack of forethought on so many levels.


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