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Jottings 4

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 9:10:56

It's now coming down to a search for the right word...

We express our admiration for the civic buildings,
The taxi driver and I

We like these stately (took a while for me to decide on this word) edifices
That escaped (the) blitz and architectural cleansing

There are pediments and fascias
Architraves and cornices

(so what? - well, that are still quite grand and well-proportioned... elegant is perhaps the better word.)

Banks are now night clubs
Post offices and fire brigade HQs
Are hotels and restaurants

But their form remains  ('form' is not quite the right word)
Like a valet forced to wear a party hat
Some like gentry on hard times in genteel poverty
But getting by
Or waiting for something to turn up

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