Screaming trees (5)

Drilling down


Ever narrower now, energy building
Sluicing water upwards,
Roaring over mudflats,
Through to Goole,
Swamping the Ouse and Trent,
Removing ten thousand years
Of post-glacial civilisation.
York and Venice cannot be saved,
By Tidal Barriers.
Profits rise with the water
Until drilling down means holding on
Against the soaring tides
And strengthening winds.
And as the storms merge,
We ask, ‘What now ?’

Part 5 of my series, I heard the river laugh.

Published by Clive La Pensée

Clive La Pensée, ex-science teacher, recognised writer on history of beer, novelist, expressionist, dreamer, believer in never giving up, empathiser, hopeful for a future without class, gender or racial prejudice. It's tough and at the moment, one has to remember distance travelled, rather than where we are at.

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