We take a wrong turn and are suddenly
in narrow, pot-holed streets, crammed with neglected,
industrial revolution terraces
built when the town was a thriving port.
Paint peels, curtains hang off rails, litter gathers –
in one of the most deprived wards in England.
In walking distance are blue chip companies.
Right to be here, by chance, on this 2012
Budget Day with its economics
of division, mendacity and greed.
Since it is also the first day of spring,