'Having a passion for a town which is grim – that hurts'

You know the kind of place I'm talking about.

It isn't the only one.

Drab. Dull. Grim.


We've got empty shops –

smashed-up shutters

thick with spray-can curses.


We've got people

who've forgotten

they're extraordinary.


There is nothing to do.

There is nothing to see.

There is no point in coming.


You won't like it – nobody does.

You won't understand why I love it,

why it makes my heart hurt so.



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