by Jem Croucher

For the UK’s National Poetry Day 2022

We withered brittle ozone, tantamount to crime
witnessed the long summers getting warmer over time
Staycations in fair England with seldom days of rain
the norm in post-pandemic swiftly then became

And no-one paused to wonder of the squander we had spent
callous the abandoning of our environment
as if we had we'd realise that reversal could become
something real with purpose if we acted all as one

Yet fickle we, this nation with our heads deep in the sand
recognised no criminal, carried on regardless and
thought little of our future and the inheritance we left
laying waste our precious planet for our children there bereft


Photo – Jempics


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