Taming North Ken

Conversion to civilian use

War
And weaponry
Have their uses
That is why
Ploughshares
Fall from the sky
Cutting
Through clouds
Is just what is
Needed
Raking the corpses
Peace seeds
Impeded.
Converting
The soul
Converting
The gun
Using napalm
With ease
Insulating
Fair game
Residents
In flame
Jelly
on toast
While 27 floors1
Roast
Bodies left
Charred
Steel girders
Still hard
Security high
Protects
Another lie.

 “O futuro é aqui! (The future is here): a climbing tower to train soldiers, recruiting for the army”

  1. “South Ken” is used frequently to refer to the fashionable part of the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington. Often the chemical industry finds “new” uses for its waste or poorly disposable products, selling them even as weapons; e.g., jellied gasoline (Napalm), reactor waste (depleted uranium munitions). The same thinking penetrates the civilian sector — using foam production capacity to produce building insulation — that creates heat when it burns. In Germany, for instance, the building code prohibits use of cladding panels on buildings higher than 22 meters. This is because that is the maximum height of the fire brigade’s ladders. []
Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..