Marchon Chemical Plant – A Success Story*


Screams the headline of The Times,

A bombardment of chemical waste

And disaster and despair and destruction

From the chemical factory looming over the town.

Flashing warning lights illuminate:

“Rocks as sterile as the moon!”

“Acid rain strips paint off cars!”

Finally, there is hope for the town.

These cars are now being sold to pay for mortgages

on grey clone houses

on grey clone housing estates,

and Asda savers food that tastes

like shame with a numbing aftertaste of fear:

Is this the last proper meal we’ll eat this week?

On the toy that will be a wrenching

disappointment on Christmas Day;

“Why doesn’t Santa love me Daddy?”

Now the bird song is carried over green fields

Where children scream and shout twisting and

winding on stolen broken bikes,

While their parents queue silently at Job Centre Plus

And slump home to drown their wordless screams

in cheap booze they can’t afford.

About haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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