Throw away Britain
The story behind the poem
I've lived in London for
10 years - there have been a lot of changes - socially in that time. I
moved to a new development built on the Thames Gateway 2 years ago
which has become at the cutting edge of displaying the most extreme
levels of negative behavior and violence. I think it is a litmus paper
of what the whole of the UK could become without stronger law
enforcement. It is a miserable and stressful place to live because the
simplest things that make a community pleasant are not there - that is
respect for people and places - but the whole of London is becoming
this way now. The reference to 'wishing I could open my windows to
feel the warm summer breeze' is a real one - we cannot open most of
our windows for the constant screaming and fighting of children,
sometimes the parents, each evening until darkness. Every summer is
ruined and I wish for the dark cold days when the streets are quieter.
I have sat and written this poem this morning as I have arrived in
Piccadilly, London to the chaos of a car bomb being diffused. It
compounded my feeling of being so alienated from what the UK has
become by the behaviors we experience.
by Anne-Marie Griffin
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