on time

neat as it may be
functional as it remains
quaint anomaly

~

n.b. A lift bridge and its elegant mechanism that allows canal traffic to progress through Huddersfield.

Built and proudly marked ‘1865’, could this fancy machinery be a metaphor for monarchy?

CLP 04/06/2022

on time

imagination
money, muscle, spades, shovels
passing fantasy

~

n.b. The network of canals linking England’s industrial towns are a testament to human endeavour. The time, capital and effort required to engineer them is staggering to contemplate.

The experience of the navigators in constructing these soon redundant waterways, was more efficiently deployed in building the infinitely more complex railway system.

Travelling along these sinuous navigations, even for a few days, cannot fail to provoke wonder at the folly of mankind, prepared as he is to reshape nature herself in pursuit of commercial gain; a path that is inexorably still followed today.

~

CLP 03/06/2022