Continuous Pour

Written by: Gary Bovett

Red lights in the western window
Five hundred feet and counting
The continuous pour
Of 1975 or was it 76
Appearing over the hill top
Like Kilroy
Only still here

The pipes bringith
The pipes taketh away
Gas in exchange for steam
Steam in exchange  for power
Power in exchange
For someone else's money
While the left over smoke
In exchange for clean air
Blows up the chimney

Workers voices
Like Bill Baker
(He was our neighbour
In seventy one until he
smoked his last)
Echoed through the pipework
Put together then
Now slowly taken apart
The only noise left
A low hum
In some other place