Poems of the Week

Saw Point Southwest

by Jerome Betts

“Palm trees that have welcomed visitors to the ‘English Riviera’ for a century
have been cut down without warning in an act that residents have described as
‘pure vandalism’. The felling in Torquay, Devon, has provoked a furious public
outcry and accusations that the council has wrought a ‘soul-destroying’, ‘total
destruction’ of the seaside front.”
The Guardian

Are the Tories now quite off their chumps?
They’ve created a seafront of stumps!
Is lack of change always embalming?
What’s behind such a drastic depalming?
Torquay grieves for trees, centenarians,
Foully felled by the council barbarians!