Wednesday, 9 August 2017

White Sails

Image from ‘The Earth Project’ site
White Sails 
My heart leaps with joy
to see great white sails
welcoming their friend,
a strong and steady breeze.

These are today’s
worthy successors
to the multitude of windmills
we gradually discarded
in favour of the efficiency
of burn-away fossil fuels.

Jettisoning them, 
we sent grain further,
consumed yet more fuel ,
and wrapped regimented loaves
in lethal plastic.

So welcome to these gentle giants
with their swirling symmetry,
as they gracefully draw afresh
from the ever-present air
its generous bounty
of cleanly harvested energy.


© Trevor Thorn

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