For MediaCity UK
Forget your Valentine reds –
the lights were all green on the way here today
and I just want to say:
Man that cut me up on the White City roundabout: I love you.
Cheeky chappy in Costa: I love you.
Overzealous security guards: I love you.
Harried execs in the lift: I love you.
Excitable hipsters: I love you.
Single mum who was up all night and still in work first thing: I love you.
Breakfasters at your desks: I love you.
Media lovies in Pret: I love you.
Pink-kneed jogging boot-campers braving the frost: I love you.
Whoever gritted the piazza this morning: I love you.
Clanking, tooting trams to anywhere: I love you.
Cold sparkle-sun on water: I love you.
New development under construction: I love you;
I love whatever you’re going to be.
Lone magpie, high in the sky, the wind at your back, free:
I salute you.
I love you.
(Inspired by Jarvis Cocker’s moving tribute to Paris after the 2015 terror attacks: http://www.stereogum.com/1845465/jarvis-cocker-shares-song-about-paris-terror-attacks/mp3s/)