who are we?
We are students and graduates from Sheffield University. We have set up this housing co-operative to create a positive place for students to live. Difficult landlords and expensive rents are the first steps to overcome. Beyond that we aim to foster positive links within the community, support house-caring skills and develop environmentally friendly housing.
Breakup with your landladys
Invite them round. Tell them
It's just been so long...
If they say no, tell them It's urgent.
Tell them Come round any time
but you'd recommend sooner
rather than later.
Don't say why.
Make sure you keep your nerve,
and when they arrive: be pleased!
Hold their hands to your face.
Whisper She has returned.
Place them before their old damp sofas.
Give them time to reminisce.
Invite them to the bathroom.
Admire the mould, together.
Compare it to the pattern on their coats.
(They will not have taken them off.)
Then throw another chair onto the fire
you made when the heating broke
and break the news gently.
Be stoical through their tears.
If they continue, tell them
they have Great Aura
but that it's just not working anymore.
Again, smile into their confusion.
They'll understand one day.
And do this, all the while, plotting.
That wall there: going.
That ceiling: to be painted.
This neighbourhood: ours.
And as the landladys arrive home,
feeling understandably sad,
make sure there are flowers waiting,
along with cards, reading
On your recent property befeftment.
From, your ex-tenants.
Andy Owen Cook