As The Fire Started It Was Hard To Look Away ~ Bob Kesh

The old rats
locked the gates
and closed all the windows
while we was all singing
and getting drunk
and, for a while, none of us noticed.

And then they sat forward and laughed,
and pulled in the clouds,
and re-priced the books,
and then they pulled in the sun,
and though we was no longer singing,
and was all covered in shadows,
we still drank.
But it wasn’t the same,
as they was pushing us back
away from the rivers,
and none too bothered
‘bout who they stepped on
or nuthin’ like that

and their bobbies was
pushing up fences
all ‘round us
like we were beasts.
And we watched from a distance,
as if from the corner of our eyes,
and i remember a few people
being trampled,
real bad like,
and some innocents died,
some of them
still children.
and though people was crowding ‘round
and tryin’ to help
it was hard as the bobbies
was still pushing us
and the rats had tucked
themselves in
and sleepin’ with smiles.
then someone threw
a pint,
or somethin’ like that,
Then people was shaking the gates
and shouting
and kicking the fences
and the shouts got louder
though they weren’t united or nuthin’,
and most people was screaming
jus’ like it was a war.
But it was still
hard for
the rats to hear
with all the windows locked.

I’m not sure if I heard
the men laughing.
And I was just as unsure
I was laughing
for them.
And I’m not sure what I
saw of the women,
as the fires started
and it was hard to look away.

was anarchy
and fire,
but mostly confusion.
And it was forgotten
there was only
and anger,
and the people was
fighting each other,
and destroying each others homes
just like we really was beasts.
The streets were filled with
fire and glass.

I sat
and watched
everything burn.
And the country looked like
an ant
with its legs
on fire.

And though the fires
would go out
I couldn’t help but feel the smoke
would linger
long after. . .
as will the rage
and confusion.


A writer and musician from London currently studying at the Faber Academy. Generally nocturnal, he can be found indulging in all the pleasures and pains of the night.

Contact him at bobkesh @ hotmail . co .uk (with no spaces)

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