Letter to the Earth and Other Poems : This Be Not the Verse

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.

This Be Not the Verse

They’re fucking you over, your Mum and Dad.

They won’t admit it but they are.

They’re not leaving you the world they’ve had.

At least that’s how it’s been so far.


That they were fucked over in their turn

Doesn’t make it right.

It is for each of us to learn;

As it is to fight.


Pretend parents will take offence, no doubt,

At words this harsh and strong.

Well pull your bloody finger out

And prove Mr Larkin wrong.