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RAF Northolt Fire Escape

 

A way up the stream we discover fire gates,
open grass beyond, mossy concrete bridge,
and a dubious notice, warning that
jeeps might crash through at any time

into the weed-stricken gravelway,
revving top brass westward from a fireballing drone,
or convoy the children of soldiers
out from under a warhead.

It wouldn’t be a drill.

But now it stands abandoned, meaningless,
hedgebound, untouched by tyres,
forgotten by the minister,
visited sporadically by sun and walkers, while

those uniform people, mysterious to us over the fences,
let it dilapidate, play football, do washing
and put away, with the kids’ pyjamas in the airing cupboard,
the thought of taking them out into that cliff edge night.

@TimSaward

RAF Northolt Fire Exit

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