In Their Towers (poem)

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).


In Their Towers‘ is another triolet, like ‘Children‘ – but this is one of the first I ever wrote.

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.