fifteen centimetres

..and when you get old
you’ll be told what we are
being told now,

they will wear us down
erode our values
until
we have nothing left to lose.

..and when they’ve torn down
the old town
you
won’t even know where you came from.

This much-vaunted renaissance
is in fact
a psychiatric hospital
and you’ll be the patients,

don’t let them fool you
with promises of gold
one day
like me
you’ll be old
and poor.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.