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Poetry Pleases: Foundations

Sue Papworth writes a poem about what is necessary - or, maybe, what isn't.

We will build you a tower, they said,
with turrets, & with balconies -
and a telescope so you may see as far as the horizon
on every side.

All you have to do
is first dig out foundations,
lay the concrete,
put in a damp-proof course -
and trace the one contractor
who is qualified to build
a tower of this kind,
with turrets, and with balconies.

And if you do not do this,
we will know
you never had a need
for telescopes,
horizons,
for a view.

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