Sunday, 8 May 2011


Poem 77 of 230:  OVERCOME

Variety’s a spice of life -
    Crucial to which is culture;
Yet, as the world moves further “right,”
    Cultural destruction’s rife.

We’re taught the virtues of “progress,”
    As if other ways are sin;
But, as we push ever “forward,”
    Traditions are ever less.

Competition brings corner cuts,
    So rivers are polluted;
And land’s taken, from indigenes,
    For “progress” - no ifs or buts.

Sure humanity’s grown up some,
    With conservation movements;
But - here, there, and everywhere -
    Capitalists still overcome.

(C) David Franks 2003

Trad wind-tower dwelling, Dubai Museum;
& Burj Khalifa from a plane; October 2012