The Poetry Place

Manchester

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 18:40:38

We express our admiration for the civic buildings

The taxi driver and I.

We like these stately edifices

That escaped the blitz and architectural cleansing.

 

There are pediments and fascias

Architraves and cornices

That retain some grandeur and some elegance,

 

Although banks are now night clubs,

Post offices and fire brigade HQs

Are hotels and restaurants.

 

But their outward form remains

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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