Friday, August 12, 2011

fff55. It's a riot.


Photo shamelessly looted from thisisnottingham.co.uk
Smashing and burning and looting and storming.
Charging around
and breaking into the Pound
Shop to steal
useless things with no real
value.
The mob is making its feelings clear
and armed police in riot gear
are fighting back.
Society’s cracked.
And no-one hears a small
voice in the darkness among it all
crying ‘help!’

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We arrived at work on Tuesday morning to find our front door smashed. Our office is on an easy escape route from the shopping centre in the photo. Compared with some cities, we had it easy. They fire-bombed a police station but there have been no serious injuries and no buildings needing to be demolished.  But this unrest has touched me directly.

I work for a charity. We can't afford to be wasting money on repairing doors. We have a better use for the money.

Angry with society?  I am now. I'm just saying........

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FFF55 is a weekly challenge to write a 55 word story (ok it's a poem) and it's hosted by the G Man at Mister Knowitall's Blog. Go there and see.

11 comments:

anthonynorth said...

It's been a very bad week.

snafu said...

Interesting comments coming out, the youth think it is a youth issue, the black community think it's black issue, the press think it's a mindless issue, the police think it's a criminal issue, the left think it's a parenting issue and the government think it is whatever they believe you want to hear.

Jarmara Falconer said...

I'm speechless... What next is all I can say and think ;-(

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne .. I just don't like to think .. but I do feel for all who just simply don't deserve the deaths, the harm and the senseless destruction that's occurred ... and do those little uncaring cheating souls think at all .. I also feel for those now trying to repair all the various sorts of damage done .. to people, to property, to communities ..

Completely irresponsible and what purpose does it serve, and do people not have any accountability to society ...

Enough - Hilary

Lydia said...

I am so glad that I stopped by to read your marvelous 55 because I have not read any blogger who is right there on the front lines. I feel so badly for you, and sure appreciate your comment about where the money for repairs could better be utilized. It is tragic.

I don't know if you intended it to be so, but your piece is rap-like and, therefore, all the more effective.

MorningAJ said...

Thanks everyone. I think it's helped get some of it out of my system because I've written this.

@Lydia. I sort of wanted it to sound disjointed and have no pattern - like the riots. I'd not noticed it was like a rap. Happy coincidence! Thanks for noticing that.

Brian Miller said...

and this is reality. ugh. i am sorry...your money could def be spent better elsewhere...it seems the world has gone all the crazier this week...and i fear any message is lost in the destruction...

G-Man said...

AJ...?
Just what are these riots about anyway?
I'm sorry that you are in harms way.
Excellent reality 55 My Friend
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

TALON said...

I'm glad that everyone was okay. I don't understand this need to lash out...it's scary.

Mama Zen said...

It's just senseless.

gautami tripathy said...

Sad. Just sad.

dead woman returns