Door for the rich bloke: grand, at the front;
Door down a side lane for the poor cunt.
In the same high-rise – state-of-the-art;
Disparate orbits, classes apart.
But for a trice, on the posh London street,
Never the two social strata shall meet.
Wealth segregation in twenty-nineteen…
Alive and as well as it ever has been.
Sheikh, in his Bentley, rolls up outside
This towering design piece where fat cats reside;
Enters the lobby: marble and gems;
A lift to his penthouse; a view of the Thames.
Just round the corner, chaining his bike,
His neighbour: retiring and quite unalike;
Through narrow hallways, his stair climb begins;
A trek to his bedsit; a view of the bins.
The cunning developer, bending the rules,
Has taken the mayor and the council for fools:
He blagged the permission to cash in on plans
By boxing the lowly beneath fancy dans.
Affordable housing is tough to deny:
It green-lights these glitzy glass homes in the sky,
Arousing the wealthy’s investment qui vive
For fine empty homes they can lock up and leave.
The poorer taste proximate lavish excess:
A glimpse of The Dream and a City address.
The budget apartments: a requisite blight,
As long as the riffraff are kept out of sight.
Rhymes Against Humanity
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