Fair Welbeck Street

Fair Welbeck Street

FAIR WELBECK STREET, in all your brutalist majesty,

Balanced & bold against the massive London sky,

Teetering house of cards, it would be such a travesty

To bring the barrier down, and say goodbye.

In your storey-stacked style, you seem to call

To days when we were young, shook hands, dreamed dreams

Of progress, motion, of standing tall, a future fast and fine as jet streams.

These five-sided triangles, pointing down from above, certain in saying: YOU ARE HERE. You are loved.

And now your days are nearly gone, but turning off the thoroughfare

I find your striplights glaring on, the ever-widening dream, still there.

I know I shall pass by one morning, to find an absence in your place.

Let traffic dip its lights in mourning, for your cemented charm, your concrete grace.

Farewell, fair Welbeck Street, too beautiful to last

Once you were the future

Welcome to the past.

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St Olaf’s Church, Tallinn

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

St Olaf’s Church In Tallinn is thought to be from the 12th century, though the exact date is unknown. Its first written mention was  in 1267. Interestingly, it is thought that at one time, between 1549-1625, this was the tallest building in the world. More interestingly, during the Soviet Union the tower was used by the KGB for surveillance.

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