St John’s Wood

They live in houses with walls –

modern castles of opulent isolation.

Wearing scarves with suits,

and driving cars whose doors open,

the wrong way round;

an unfashionable fashion statement,

much like all unfashionable fashion statements

produced by over-renumeration in the office.

They do not talk to each other:

neither in the shop nor on the tube.

Their councils plant flowers

in their royal parks,

whilst those of us

who also pay tax –

both on income,

and to impoverished northern councils –

contend

with wild spaces

whose grasses

local government

cannot afford to mow.

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