The Shards of Old London Farringdon Station Photo Hugh Ardoin

Office buildings rise over the ruins of a dead industrial age

They are giant shelves where an invisible hand sorts and files human beings

Some are pushed ahead, some shoved aside, the others are just shredded

They are classified objects for the greater purpose in the Greater London

Saint Paul’s dome rests on Farringdon Station like an inverted cup

The Shard stands erect against the horizon, almost obscene

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature, shards describe the remains of kings slain in battle

Hugh Ardoin The Urban Landscapes Gallery