Claire Temple

 

 

 

A Waste Redoubled

Holborn Library is emptying out,
the children’s library has gone,
the stink amplifies as the books leak out
and the tapping of keys carries on.

Theobald’s Road grows mightier
as the hobbled library is emptying out,
in the stuffiness would-be readers pass out
and a notice tells sleepers they will be moved on  ̶
what to do but turn the screw tighter?

Fill instead with people who struggle to make sense,
whom we require be thrilled this place even goes on
and students who hardly pick anything out,
for the stink amplifies as the books leak out
and we squat in an imperfect present tense.

The shelves are vanishing one by one  ̶
All Past Philanthropy Must Be Wiped Out!
What to do but turn the screw tighter
as the tapping of keys carries on?

 

 

Claire Temple has had poems published in Fabric and The Delinquent magazines as well as the anthology Poets In The Afternoon. A new poem will be in Allegro in June. She most often reads at the Poetry Cafe in London.

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