Thursday, February 18, 2021

Socialist Sonnet No. 21

 Towering Injustice


Forty four months since Grenfell burned, and still

Too many tenants in too many towers

Sleep one eye open through the early hours

For when the shrill fire alarm isn’t a drill.

The wall beyond the curtain’s not secure,

Cheaply dressed, just for appearance sake,

But allows the damp or the flame to take

And negates even the means to insure.


Capital builders will promote facades

To try and disguise what’s shoddy behind,

Sure the poor should be too grateful to mind:

Where profit fails, frustrated need pervades.


People remain disgruntled, yet resigned,

Until, that is, the working class abraids.


D. A.

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