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An Unchanging View

On doorsteps, in driveways, function rooms, civic halls
Comes the sound of the banging of heads against walls
There’s nothing to say there’s no dance they can do
In the face of ‘my Right to an Unchanging View’…

Part I
as a future technology it has potential
but why can’t the structures be more ornamental?

I’m as green as the next person, some would say greener
I think fracking’s obscene but I’ll say what’s obscener:

it’s no tjust about facts, it’s as much about feeling
to change someone’s view is the worst sort of stealing

there’s so much in life that’s outside one’s control
but my views are my own – that’s how I roll

and whatever you think be assured you don’t know
the length of the shadow your structure will throw

the ripples go further than you can suppose
there are forces at work… *Taps side of nose*

I’m not saying I know – I’m just saying

and my question is this: What’s in it for you
to challenge my right to an unchanging view?


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.

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