Verse 4 – The City Is Sold
It was last year’s top destination
Travel guide trendy, diamond rough
Abandoned fronts house pop-up stores and
We campaign for the rights of small bars.
I missed the festival again.
The Latec building is rebuilt into apartments
And across the road, the Largest
KFC in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly glass and painted steel.
And this, this. THIS IS NOT ART.
It was so close, and what a story it’d make –
Beat the Germans in the football, and beat
Austerity in the voting booths.
But the numbers fell short. The numbers are always
Falling short. And everything is numbers.
You’ve got to make them up somehow
Pile them high to staunch the wound.
You don’t like it? Take a number.
It was only this September
Finally sold off to developers
The banks will build hotels and it’s just one more
Street in this city, correctly labelled.
I found their small website, asking everyone
To stave off the end with their bank accounts
Save the moment. HOW LONG IS NOW?
Give us one last push, a gasp, grasping –
They’ve stopped writing since it happened.