Friday, 12 October 2012

Poor Sparrow

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While this overcrowded island of ours badly needs more (affordable) housing, we must protect what remains of our green and pleasant land.


Let’s all speak up to save our trees and woodlands, and make sure there are always green fields nearby for everyone to enjoy, especially our children, and wildlife too… 

POOR SPARROW

Once a village, quickly became a town;
green fields now a housing estate
where we lowered poor sparrow down

In lanes we’d watch the harvest sown,
now highways, commuters running late;
once a village, quickly became a town

Of daisies a tree nymph’s spring gown
within creak, squeak, of a trellis gate
where we lowered poor sparrow down

More peace and quiet than ever known,
though small politics its fishwives berate;
once a village, quickly became a town

Office blocks where kites once flown,
nature’s finest gone for cheapskate
where we lowered poor sparrow down

Long years past, we children grown,
memories like sunlight on wet roof slate;
once a village, quickly became a town
where we lowered poor sparrow down

[From: Accomplices To Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2010]


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