There were no trees, only spindly saplings
thin forks of branches – nursemaid stakes
there were no flower beds and no water features,
just some hopeful shrubs and sun kilned lawns.
The concrete –
still bleached white
yet to feel the graffiti of sun, rain and age.
Butter yellow fence palings
timber mill proud
unsilvered by time,
not made up with paint
nails – bright shining bullet holes – no oxides.
We move through the estate
building fences – gift wrapping just finished homes.
The streets half full, or half empty –
demographic twin, of the metaphorical glass
hopes and dreams fulfilled,
or life sentence.
Washing lines of desoiled babyware
flattering mast pennants
semaphore proclamations of a new generation :
continuation of a dynasty,
this country as home, now.
Romance at its most suburban,
and most dismaying.
Bill said, “ take a look around son …. this is your future.”