Presented here is a small number of poems – a mini-pamphlet’s worth -written following an initial invitation to take part in Culture Declares Emergency’s Bath event in the Spring of 2019. My own Letter to the Earth – which I read aloud in Walcot Chapel – was written first, together with On Waterloo Bridge, and What if?, on the eve of Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion. I wrote the remainder in two separate periods in 2019, and 2020. The 2019 sequence was ‘Highly Commended’ in Red Line Art Works’ Annual Awards in 2019. Follow the links below to access the poems, presented here in reverse order.
If Not Now
When will you act?
When the standpipe croaks
And there is no food?
When the wind blows?
That is too late.
On the government’s decree,
Or an address by Her Majesty?
Perhaps when you hear it on the BBC?
How about when teachers, lawyers, reverends and grandmothers
Keep getting themselves arrested,
And would-be parents refuse to have children,
And kids are striking from school :
All happening now.
You must be waiting for your family, colleagues, and neighbours to move.
Then you will know.
But that is you.