Friday, 19 October 2007

The Ladders (& Snakes) of Housing

To The Lighted House

'Five hundred pounds a year
And a room of ones' own'
Was Virginia Woolfs’
recipe for happiness.
Then she saw the small ads
For rooms among the Spires
Worthy of writers.
Five hundred pounds a month,
(excl, and broadband extra)
Filled her pockets with stones
And walked into the nearest river.
Perhaps God had a room going
In one of his many mansions
A little bit cheaper…

© LS King 2006

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Steve said...

And the frightening thing is many would see £500 a month as being quite reasonable...

The cost of living goes up and the standard of living goes down... the old social see-saw.

The Sagittarian said...

I'm not sure what that kind of money would get you...rents here can be rather ridiculous but people have to have a roof over their heads so many people just have to shell out the dosh. Mortgage repayments are just as bad, depending on the bank you're with.

Rol Hirst said...

This made me smile, but also made me sad. A good response from such a short piece.

Dan said...

And £120 a month for Council Tax - £1.40 of which goes towards collecting rubbish.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Someone recently pointed out to me that I'll soon have to update this poem to £500 a WEEK to rent a room in Oxford.


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