Poem: Fairy Rings

I was delighted to have a piece published in Celebrating Change – digital stories from Middlesbrough and beyond. I’m less delighted about the process it describes. 

Fairy Rings

Gentrification is a game
We have to play
But cannot win.
We move in mushroom fairy rings:

The unsafe neighbourhood      becomes
The OK neighbourhood             becomes
The cool neighbourhood           becomes
Unaffordable.

We spores settle where we can
Move when we’re starved out.
We know we change each place
But we cannot change the pattern.

We have to play
But cannot win.
We move in mushroom fairy rings.

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