Sunday, 7 August 2011

august 7th: Enfield and I

I am fiercely proud of my home town,
Enfield is part of who I am,
I am a part of Enfield,
And an attack on Enfield,
Is an attack on me.

As the tension mounts,
And ill feeling hangs heavy in the air,
I can't shake the involuntary feeling of excitement,
Mixing with sickness.

Tonight we make history together,
As I pray that everything historic,
Everything beautiful,
Everything and everyone I love,
Doesn't burn down to the ground.

It is all eyes on us tonight,
As we bunker down in our homes,
And make it a night to remember,
With our updates and our outrage,
Trending, reporting and cowering,
As the same four clips of footage,
Repeat over and over on Sky News.

written by Glen Byford, August 7th


  1. Wow. I have been following the riots as best I can in the US. This is a great piece. I hope all is well with you and your family.

  2. yeah, everyone is fine.

    it has been so strange because news always seems to happen in other places, so sunday night was verging on terrifying... i work in Enfield Town itself and have walked down those streets so many times

    the worst thing was probably the rumours that got out of control and the fear that seems to crept in with the night

    haven't woken up to any new reports, so fingers crossed, we're over the worst of it