on the canal

drawn into city
sugar and cloth spun to gold
slavery's profits

~

n.b. It is all beginning to add up, connect, make sense. A country that thrived on dirty money can’t kick the habit. Banking, insurance, property, stocks and shares, exploitation of the workers, whether slaves or those trapped on minimum wages.

The rich get richer, the divide widens; the values of the market predominate, the price of every penny, the value of nothing; it’s always been profits before people; hence the willingness to accept the dodgy money from Russia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, to name a few places where Premier League football clubs have received financial backing – don’t even ask where estate agents, lawyers, and private schools get their cash.

~

CLP 04/03/2022

original social media

KEEP WENT
it said whitewashed boldly
on the low end wall
of what is now a traffic island
crowned by a CO-OP convenience store
backed by a set of low rise apartments

of course he went
to Cardiff City
for fifty grand
STACEY LOVES HER HOOP BEING SCRANNED
spared an Internet audience
statement scratched by ancient quay
I'm not sure what it means
I want to know
was this a recommendation
or shameless
self-promotion?
I LOVE YOU LEE HIGGINS
across the street
on the one way system
opposite the Sobell Centre
the bus stop by John Lewis
but did she, or he?
and if they thought they did
did Lee love you?
VICTORY TO THE VIETCONG
green gloss on a brick wall
across the tracks
between Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea
a radical hope
that years later
stated quite clearly
the outcome
FOR OUR ANGLES
IN MANCHESTER
rough daubing under the footbridge
over the Witham
furious misspelling provoked
by mass murder
they were not angels
just normal children
TEDDY KEEP STRONG

~

CLP 30/01/2022

Oh, Afghanistan!

centuries pass by

what is twenty years to you

pain old as mountains

CLP 16/08/2021