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Famous Poem on Slough...

by John Betjeman (1906 - 1984)

John Betjeman published his poem about Slough in 1937 in the collected works Continual Dew. Slough was becoming increasingly industrial and some housing conditions were very cramped. In willing the destruction of Slough, Betjeman urges the bombs to pick out the vulgar profiteers but to spare the bald young clerks. He really was very fond of his fellow human beings. Slough is much improved nowadays and he might be pleasantly surprised by a stroll there.
Slough Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!
Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath. Mess up the mess they call a town-
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years. And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win…

Two Friends Recorded For Posterity....

The following is a link from the BBC Listening Project of Robert Kennedy, sculpture, and artist, and Chris, a Polish man. It may be of interest, and was recorded at SHOC which is a homeless charity. The abbreviation means Slough Homeless Our Concern

Listening Project Conversation between friends, Robert and Chris, about their experiences of homelessness.Add a noteLog in to add a note at the bottom of this page. All notesMy notesHide notes

Conversation between friends, Robert and Chris, about their experiences of homelessness. 59:31 / 59:31 Click to make a note at 30:43. Add to playlistLog in to add this item to one of your personal lists. Add to favouritesLog in to add and display this item in your personal list of favourites on the right hand side of this page. The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.