Where The Houses Used To Be – Colin Hankey
Where the Houses Used to Be. Affordable homes For Disposable people. Cold Glass and Grey Steel Continuously replace, Warm Red Bricks and Bright Blue Skies. Skies once punctuated by Hawksmoors Steeples, Being blotted out by High Rise, Upon High Rise, Upon High Rise. Ronan Point. Larkanal. Grenfell. Multi Storey Tombstones With inquiries in their name. The pretty colour cladding They wrap these buildings in There to remedy The rust and crumbling concrete Of the original shoddy build. Where the houses used to be Elsie sits alone on the fourteenth floor Down to her last quarter of tea. And as the flames lick past her window She sees the cranes in the distance Building more towers, Promising Luxury, Replacing streets, Replacing communities. In years to come There will be plaques of remembrance and cemeteries Where the houses used to be.