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An Unchanging View V
what’s ‘true’ is what’s carved in the bones and the heart
so, what do I know? Where do I start?
widely known side effects don’t get a mention:
they cause social division and family tension
birds get confused, sheep get depressed
and no-one in twenty miles gets any rest
in spite of all this do you still think it’s best?
soufflés won’t rise, there are more traffic jams
there’s a drop in the pass rate of piano exams
I’m simply expressing legitimate doubt
no, it’s your turn to listen, it’s my turn to shout
your reasoned rebuttals can melt in your mouth
anyway – none of the land around here faces south
correct me if I’m wrong – I can take correction
not one of these turbines has stood for election
it’s undemocratic, they’re not very nice
they lower house prices, they throw lumps of ice
when the wind’s quicker you get shadow flicker
fit people get fits and sick people get sicker
you don’t seem concerned, don’t you share my revulsion?
do you like seeing pensioners having convulsions?
About The Project
The Element in the Room is a book of poems inspired by renewable energy in particular – and a book of pictures inspired by
poems about renewable energy.
Some poems were prompted by reflections on the elements,
some from talking with people working in the field, others from
renewable technologies themselves – the look of them, their
potential, people’s responses to them. Some are playful, cheeky,
pithy, others more lyrical and solemn, some are just plain daft.
Among them there’s a sonnet, a country and western song and a
prose poem called The Not-for-Prophit. You get the picture. None
is intended as a ‘last word’, they are offered for your pleasure and
interest and to provoke discussion.
The illustrations are by a range of talented artists, to be specific:
Heidi Ball, Laura Cochón, Tori Dee, Chloë Uden, Josie Ashe, Naomi Ziewe Palmer and More than Minutes.
‘The Element in the Room’ is a collaboration with Regen South West.