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25 October 2012

What is the use of our being told that we live in a democracy if we want fountains and have no fountains?


By all means
let us have a policy
of full employment,
increased production,
no gap between exports and imports,
social security,
a balanced This
and a planned That,

but let us also
have fountains –

more and more fountains –
higher and higher fountains –
fountains like wine,
like blue and green fire,
fountains like diamonds –

and rainbows
in every square.



Taken from J B Priestly's book Delight, first published in 1949. Submitted by Ailsa Holland.

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