Requiem 4 London – Poetography By Julio Etchart

An special poetography by Julio Etchart – one of the most recognized photographers from Uruguay based in London – who specially wrote this poem and included his photos of the recent riots which affected many Londoners directly and others indirectly.

Requiem 4 London – Poetography By Julio Etchart

In Court No. 3 at Westminster Magistrates

Ms. L pleads not guilty

to handling stolen goods.

She looks like a zombie

three nights with no sleep

It wasn’t me, it wasn’t me!

A big Plasma TV

My daughter is only four,

she misses me badly…

Yet no mercy is bestowed,

moved on to Crown Court,

and no bail for you

no future, no hope…

Back in the Caribbean

or in Chiantishire

the bankers play golf,

Martini dry, jug of Pimms

to reward their exercise.

No broken vacation

from this burnin’ nation.

Sitting in Court no. 2

a pair of trainers

is all that it takes…

a moment of weakness

that wrecked his life.

Mr. P, 18, pleads not guilty

to burglary.

It was just fun, all my mates were there.

He is a Blood bro

who hails from Haringey,

his one-year-old son

won’t see him for a long time…

Temptations are multi-fold

in our layered society,

branding illusions

the stuff of dreams;

yet the admen and ladies

are still at large

sex on the beach

and mojitos at sunset

no broken vacation

from this burnin’ nation…

Just round the corner

from my humble abode

the Penbury Boys

are having a rest

from an orgy of fire

that charred the hood.

Corner shops cast shutters

hiding the debris;

no amount of brooming

will clean the phantom of looting.

E5 vs. E9; E8 are losers, N16 too posh,

blade’em, kick’em

quick, run, the Feds are coming!

Berlin 1945

Beirut 1984

San Salvador 1989

BBC Pathe archives,

my own visual records

something hits my memory cells

when I lift my camera again…

No, is sunny Croydon

on a balmy summer afternoon

in two thousand and eleven.

The calm after the storm:

two nights ago, a deadly inferno

now a tourist destination

in this broken nation.

Innocent kids clicking their iPhones

to capture their uncertain future

for posterity.

The end of history

some clever guy says.

That, I do not know;

but one thing I’m certain of,

is that there is no vacation

in this broken nation…

* Hackney, London, 2011

Copyright poem and photo © Julio Etchart www.julioetchart.com

Julio Etchart is an Uruguayan award winning photojournalist based in London. He has traveled round the world for international magazines and NGOs and specializes in reportage, music and performing arts photography.

 

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2 Responses to Requiem 4 London – Poetography By Julio Etchart

  1. anon says:

    very political, shame is the wrong point of view as all this rioters deserve what’s coming their way and i hope they spend a loooong time in jail!

  2. Well said Great information, keep up the great work!

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