Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Unrealistic expectations

Land of canals
And hard-ground dirt
Of wayward shopping trolleys
Drowning in black-green waters

It pulls us down with it
The youth of this industrial wasteland
Sucked in
To the soulless grind

Of kwicksave and poundland
Of council whitewash
Graze-your-knee pebbledash
And payday loans

Dreams dash against
The beer can playing-fields
And fall upon deep-scarred school tables
Etched with the names of those long gone

All the while
Cameron tells us
You too
Can have a Cambridge degree.

S J Menary

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