Neatly bundled reeds
Cut to length, left out to dry
Thatch; grown in Norfolk
n.b. About 90% of thatching material used in the UK is imported. The renewable roofing material, best suited to the temperate climate of these islands, is that which is grown here in the same environment as the buildings it will sit on. The health and quality of the reeds to be used can also be assessed by the thatchers before purchase. However, ‘cheaper’ (lower priced) reeds are bought in from South Africa, a country struggling with a history of colonial resource exploitation and appalling housing issues in the townships, where these renewable materials might be better used locally rather than shipped off to the UK. The price will not reflect the true cost to the environment of long distance shipping, nor the loss of local resource to the producer country, nor the loss of skills and devaluing of the resource in England if reed growing for thatching is undercut by cheap imports – although Brexit’s impact on Sterling’s value may balance that up a little (as long as there are still reed cutters in business to supply the products),
Too often tempted
To speak without thinking
Two breaths save me
n.b. A lid to a pottery cremation urn found near North Elmham, “Spong Man” sits reflecting on a life long since lived. This piece of funerary art is dated from the early Saxon era, (3rd / 5th Century CE).
The image I have used of this ageless pose is available under the terms of a GNU Free Documentation license published by the Free Software Foundation.
Running through our hands
Can you see each grain that passes?
Feel them? Taste the grit?
Since Magna Carta
Has anything been writ down
That’s worth the paper?
n.b. There is no written constitution in the UK. Vietnam’s constitution is based on the USA consitution that drew heavily on the “Rights of Man” written by Thomas Paine, an Englishman from Lewes in Sussex. He was chased from his home country for daring to write down some simple ideas that challenged the aristocratic order.
You hear what you want
Without dissenting voices
Everything is true
n.b. If we only connect with those we agree with we learn nothing. How do we connect with those we stand opposite to in opinion and belief?
Glass mirrors times past
What is new that you see there?
Open the window
n.b. El Presidente visited El Paso and said to the press corps, “I wish you could have been there to see it.”
What did he mean, the appalling damage caused by a single young man with a rifle? No, he meant the respect shown to the Office of President of the United States of America. Sad.
Wind chimes resonate
With whispers from weary leaves
Tears flood the desert
n.b. Texas has a complicated history; a place of moving people, territorial disputes, economic and political upheaval. More than 10,000 years of identifiable settlement, a piece of land with an ever-changing cast and shifting borders.
They just went shopping.
Tell me, what is wrong with that?
May they rest in peace.
n.b. There are at least 150 gun manufacturers in the USA according to Wikipedia.
Every mass murder leads to more gun sales, as people driven by fear, arm themselves just in case they need to defend themselves when they decide to nip down to the shops.
n.n.b. I have taken this title from The Clash album, ‘London Calling”.
A one act play for three voices in 17 syllables.
Oh no! It’s raining!
Yes, after such a bright dawn.
Really? I slept in.
(A one act play for two voices in 17 syllables)
I am not missing the point
You are. I am not.