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Mankind’s Damned Garden

By Raagulan Umashanker  

 

An ideal garden for man, not for nature.

 

Soft ground and grass

Replaced by concrete and coloured glass

From pathways, patios and passages

Resulting in insect habitat damages

The long winding climbers that concealed a blackbird’s nest

Have now been chain sawed leaving the chicks to eternally rest

The tall silver birch tree that grew on a large compost hump

Has now been chopped down- a decapitated stump

The brown hedgehogs that crawled all around pointy-nosed

Have now fled curled up and closed

The foxes with their ash grey tails

Were chased by the dog up the fence rails

No bright flowers, healthy leaves and fresh fruits

Just freshly torn and dug up roots

The bees are no longer happily buzzing

Just aggressively humming

The warbler quickly flew higher

When a rosebush was set on fire

Sharp shards from a broken greenhouse

Are scattered on the floor, impaling a young mouse.

The abundant ruby apples that the emerald parrots sucked

Have now all been greedily plucked

 

Our Garden of Eden.

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RUWG provides workshops focusing on developing members’ writing skills in a variety of fields, including prose, poetry, and drama, as well as non-fiction branches such as speech writing. We aim to provide a no-judgement atmosphere in which budding writers can share their work. Constructive peer criticism will equip people with the skills they need to become the best writer they can be, and by giving writers a space to publish their work if they wish, we hope to foster a lifelong passion in the hearts of our members for creative writing.

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