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Dylan di Vilde
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Driving out Daisies

Post by Dylan di Vilde » Tue May 19, 2020 9:55 am

If you’re thinking of scrimping and saving
to replace your front garden with paving
‘cos your parking space then will be double
and nature’s just far too much trouble
just think about whether it’s worth
destroying this small bit of Earth.

From wriggling invertebrates to creatures with wings
and all sorts of multi-limbed, dark, crawly things
inter-reliant for growing and feeding,
part of the circle of living and breeding.
And all of the flowering foliage here
which magically dies and comes back every year.

That wonder of nature will no longer be
when your garden resembles an NCP.
You may be content with the landscape you’ve got
as you plonk down a lone token plant in a pot
but the birds and the bees will have packed up and fled-
their natural habitat sterile and dead.
But you’re happy your Hybrid is right by the door
and you won’t have to mow that old lawn any more.
So onward and wide the development spreads
as mowers and shears lie rusting in sheds
and even those people professing to care
are probably thinking: There’s plenty to spare.

But in time you may wonder and think that it’s weird
how the birds flew away and the bees disappeared.
Then the skies will fall silent and no plant or tree
will be left in the wastes of the vast concrete sea.

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Re: Driving out Daisies

Post by ajduclos » Tue May 19, 2020 10:52 pm

Hey Dylan - I like this a lot.  You tell a great truth, easily and smoothly, with rhymes that flow effortlessly... wonderful title..........  Superb!!!

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Re: Driving out Daisies

Post by indar » Thu May 21, 2020 4:12 pm

Reminds me, in spirit, of Joni Mitchells Big Yellow Taxi. Things have gotten worse since then. I'm all for letting the whole yard grow into a big tangled mess. This poem is fun of course, a "poem for the people". Needs to be widely disseminated. 

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