Screaming trees (5)

Number 5 in my series, ‘I hear the river laugh.’

 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?’

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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