Thursday, 19 April 2018

Trees in Sheffield

Initially put forward by the Council
As a road improvement project and
Opportunity to remove trees,
Dead or dangerous to the neighborhood.

Residents went along with it until
Healthy or beloved trees were cut-
Just left bloody stumps
Which were painted red.

The Council witholding plans,
Contracted tree felling to a company
Which had aims other
Than being environmentally friendly.

Residents had enough-
Forming networks to detect
When Fellers had their greasy chainsaws
Directed on a target.

A 57 year old woman was arrested
For blowing a pink trumpet,
A retired couple questioned by the CIA
On giving a poisoned cuppa to a tree cutter.

Police formed circles around the trees
To barricade protestors,
Until Sheffield Council succumbed
And halted the tree massacre.

© Amanda Derry

Amanda Derry joined a Creative Writing class, following a breakdown, which played a significant role in her recovery. She now embeds literacy skills into classes that she teaches. Amanda also runs the Facebook Group, I Love Writing.