They sleep so soundly in their beds,
Presuming safety in their towers,
And do just what the notice says:
They sleep so soundly in their beds.
Developers have made a wedge,
Contracted firms and misspent hours;
They sleep so soundly in their beds
Presuming safety in their towers.
By Sean Gibson. A version of this poem was first published in ‘Origami Poems and Towering Stories‘ (Earlyworks Press 2019).
I’ve written several more since that haven’t worked, haven’t pivoted meanings through the repetitions in quite the way I wanted. It’s not always easy to enjoy your own work so it’s nice to savour it when you do.