‘Slough’ By John Betjeman

‘Slough’

By John Betjeman

“Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn’t fit for humans now,
There isn’t grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!

Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath…”

You can read the full poem here. John Betjeman was born on this day in 1906, to celebrate his centenary, a more positive poem was commissioned which can be read here.

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