Friday, 5 November 2010


Poem 140 of 230:  HOUSING

Owing to lax migration- and birth-control,
    Cities are now congested, on the whole;
But, without such home-building limitations,
    What are the wisest accommodations?

Fence, then side-alley, house, driveway, and then fence?
    For wall- or floor-sharing can make things tense -
Annoying one-another without any trace;
    But side-alleys can be a waste of space…

How about one-wall fencing the neighbour’s drive?
    I can’t recall seeing this kind of hive...
(And, for a basic-standard all can afford,
    Better the State be the only landlord.)

(C) David Franks 2003

My 3rd home, in Sydney's Sutherland Shire,
via a scanned 20th-century film-photograph

At Manchester Art Gallery -
"The Landlord"; 9/3/2017

Apartment block in Doha, Qatar; 8/12/2017