Wednesday 19 July 2023

Mill ennui (restructured draft)


Mill ennui begins by toxic draffs

soil burdened with arsenic & mercury 

near the access point a large white marquee 

underinking lauded codas & coiffed fingers 

burnt plastic tetches off 

remade this cloud 

shrinking to some super-totem 

inverted fascia running off teflon, 

it’s faintly baited linchpin

burgundy bottles with regimental ties for wicks 

the Molotov Prince of Darkness Astras speaks: 

Moving forward as a beacon to the world,

the richness of the British character. Ergo.

Creative. Compassionate. Outward looking.

A triumph of confidence over cynicism, 

boldness over blandness, excellence over mediocrity. 


One harped, cupola withering blimp 

settled at the mouth of the peninsula,  

to dragging strays over shingle 

a vanished complex tangles 

what invented future means 

in shining leaden water, 

back under Enterprise Culture

its scrying glass extruding deadlands, 

the last Council-Operated High-Rise 

contains within itself indemnified 

& everyone is left on carcinogenic marshes.  

Of what mild oath unrevoked 

the Committee members haircut congealed in Tip-EX 

& under the Suns sun that dances 

just like in the moonlight 

O & when that moon is big & bright 

it’s a supernatural delight, 

when everyone is dancing in the moonlight!

Molotov Astras people sized 

& you go down with the building inside

you’re holding the bottle at its neck, 

you chuck it hard at the window, 

at the base Index Multiple Deprivations, 

a regional quota breeds out vapour trails 

Public Consultations Hedonic Pricing 'area-based' factors 

& marching people to jobs with two witnesses

& a task force courtesy call in reference to your wellbeing,,

by pulling together data from a common baseline, you

a common heart of what means-tested 

peaks depart a private world, 

against closing gaps

yours, a private cause 

& other indices waivering molotovs 

as the Final Reports assess fealty chokes

as hard indicators of change. 

It’s worth flagging up that sorry is the hardest word  

but you learn from your mistakes remember 

the architecture of moonlit colonnades, 

the custodial moonlit amphitheaters, the moonlit

night-club interiors as disinterred by Edwin Lutyens 

on old drugs & re-thought as a underground bungalow 

& exit into anti-ligature moonlit prisons 

with calico print on the walls

elbows in the topiary garden dancing

a low octane hallucination

around flight you can feel it

when that moon is big & bright 

under plastic-clad buildings 

on big sorry reams the stated aims 

of TMO’s Client aspirations 

cantilevered on platforms 

as narrowing logarithmic scales 

turn the lenticular titles, 

a wellness centre where you go to grow concrete, 

& the flashes of your behavioural map discrete 

micro-billeted polymers that count as a skin

falling new entrepreneurials again

& the best picnics are on Agars Plough, 

& how could you forget massive gazebos 

& Moët out the proverbial bucket! 

the tête-à-têtes in the garden; 

the shelter on the grouse moor

a nice isocost in the eyrie

& the night rain opposing

broad fields beneath them 

a private equity firm in brownfields 

cashflows to a cowabunga of prairie grasses 

& weeping willows, a short furlong in length 

of a Blast Shadow three solid armrests

& the sun also rises as an act of habit

or estimating worth during an interspace 

of habit,, estimating better times 

when the flames spread radially 

around petals & all were alight, 

stems rose slowly from the gaping 

floorboards peeling upright  

with a single massive flame 

a sacred gasping light clap went around 

the anvils of my tears & ask 

the right people in the right place,,

& calling all hearts to emulate £20.00 

ceases; filling us with divisions, confusions, 

& tumults snopake’d with powdered glass 

manja line down opposing 

One Elephant broken pledges 

The Best Residential High-rise Architecture 

at the 2016 International Property Awards

kettering on a sky lounge, 45th floor

bar kitchen co-working space

 Arrows with solid lines represent 

the statistically significant paths, 

& broken lines to show the nonsignificant paths.

in the results section, an innovative 

affordable housing company tightens 

its halogen light to snuff path 

its model of n.b. no hope no kindred place 

behind gates of ramified lanyards, 

fingers filed red to business premises

& tumble under bushhammered enclosures 

all these unscathed plods in utero caning 

the height of a crown reduced by half 

the Alpha City International, a walkway stretching 

its sick building syndrome to your life's inside  

jagged stripes the skies to Mountain View HQ 

                     loud as glass 

over this furrowed glebe

a future data centre needle clanks,, 

past a green expanse

putative building site barcoded façades 

a habitat, everything is here under

Section 106 Agreement

No alternative under Hannibal House 

No alternative under tempest 

No alternative under napping fabrics 

& always in ultimatums graph 

as it marrows to starry blue with camshafts 

to shine a S.A.D. lamp on a life, strategic planning 

& to feel a certain pang inside my chest

  a  hole  as  big as  ten pence wide, names emerge inside. 

And the  pain  grows  spec­ifically apart , 

localised , around the  heart, 

or the  stomach,  or the lungs