Medway Council, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
Medway Council, £800,000 Aveling and Porter, February twentieth two thousand and ten.
I can’t stand your sick mind.
Medway Council, when will you stop the bulldozers?
Go screw yourself with your Renaissance bombs
I don’t feel good:you bother me.
I won’t write my poem till I’m in my right mind.
Medway Council when will you be accountable?
When will you take out your earplugs?
When will you look at yourself through Medway Eyes?
When will you be worthy of your million Medwayites?
Medway Council why are your libraries full of tears?
Medway Council when will you listen to us?
I’m sick of your insane demands.
When can I go into the Paddock and see only trees?
Medway Council, after all it is you and not I who wrecks the next world.
Your machinery is too much for me.
You made me into a dissenter.
There must be some other way to settle this argument.
The castle is collapsing. I don’t think it’ll come back it’s sinister.
Are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?
I’m trying to come to the point.
I refuse to give up my obsession.
Medway Council; stop pushing us, we know what we’re doing.
Medway Council the horse chestnuts are falling.
I haven’t read the newspapers for months, everyday it’s bad news and press releases.
Medway Council, I feel sentimental about the Theatre Royal
Medway Council, we used to walk Sun Pier when we were kids and we’re not sorry.
I protest every chance I get.
I look out of my house for days on end and stare at the past coming down.
When I go to Gun Wharf I get seen but I never get heard.
My mind is made up there’s going to be trouble.
You should have seen us marching past.
Our psychoanalyst thinks we’re perfectly right.
I won’t sing Rodney Chambers’ praises.
We have more vision and wilder imaginations.
Medway Council I still haven’t been told what you did when you took the stained glass from the Aveling and Porter.
I’m addressing you.
Are you going to sell out our heritage to the Renaissance plan?
I’m obsessed by the Renaissance Plan.
I read it every week.
Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the empty Riverside plot.
I read it in the basement of Chatham Public Library.
It’s always telling me about progress. Vandalism is progress. Destruction is progress. Everything is progress but what we love.
It occurs to me that I am Medway.
I am talking to myself again.
You are rising against me.
I haven’t got a petition’s chance.
I’d better consider my local resources.
My local resources consist of an angry people, looked over too long, with pride and heart and paints and cameras and principles (remember those?) who are all infinitely cleverer, cooler and better looking than you.
You have abolished the trees of the Paddock. Dickens’ Cottage is the next to go.
My ambition is to be heard despite the fact that you’re selectively deaf.
Medway Council how can I write this poem when you won’t read it?
We continue to resist.
Our ideas are better than yours.
Medway Council, we will sell you ideas £2500 apiece £500 down on your own ideas.
Use the difference to fix the castle wall.
Medway Council save Sun Pier.
Medway Council our heritage must not die.
We are the people who just won’t go away.
Medway Council when my boys were two I took them down to the Aveling and Porter building there were protesters outside talking, painting, taking pictures, all because the building was coming down for no good reason your arguments didn’t stand up even my boys could see that and they were two and illiterate.
Medway Council you don’t really want to do this.
Medway Council you’re old and tired.
Leave it down to us put your feet up.
We’ll build a better Medway, for half the price, without knocking anything down. Hell, we’ll even do something for all those poor people who look dirty and get in your way and make it all not look like it does in the nice shiny architect’s drawings.
You know, the drawings with the bland happy people who don’t exist shopping in shops we don’t need on developments we don’t want.
Medway Council this is quite serious.
Medway Council this is the impression I get from looking around me.
Medway Council is this correct?
I’d better get right down to the job.
It’s true I don’t want to take to the streets and risk arrest or take pictures that will land me in prison even though it’s my right to take the pictures, but if that’s what it takes then so be it.
Medway Council we’re all putting our shoulders to the wheel.