Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Planning Retrospect

I find it hard to understand
Why England’s green and pleasant land,
Once preserved in its wondrous splendour
Until the bill that came to end the
Protection against urban sprawl,
Was passed with the
“Presumption for development,”
Under the assumption
That we the public
Would not fight it at all.

And most of us didn’t.

Our land is now one huge grey city
Full of grey people in grey boxes
Side by side, back to back
Front to front.  The pride
Once held for our green haven
Has now turned to pity,
Pity for the death of countryside.

© 'Anna'

Bill Bryson warns the Coalition against turning England into a suburban nation 
Anna is passionate about her world and writes about her feelings in both poetry and prose.  She lives in the UK and for personal reasons, prefers to remain just 'Anna.'