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on the impending demolishment of the Harewood Dams

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on the impending demolishment of the Harewood Dams

For decades now we've swam, we've played
and on the grass, in sunshine laid.
A haven for our meditations
visited by our many generations.
Pristine beauty, nature's pride,
and now, bereft, tears we've cried.
To be destroyed, torn asunder.
Governments decree, a total blunder.
Safety issues is their claim,
so our park they now defame.
This decision, we don't understand, 
upcoming destruction of community land.
Other solutions they will not hear.
Their stubbornness abundantly clear.
We now say goodbye to memories
of wandering through paths of trees
beside the lakes of childhood life.
Their idea of progress cuts like a knife.
For decades now we've swam and played
and on the grass, in sunshine laid.
A haven for our meditations
that's been stolen from future generations.

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  1. Date: 8/24/2013 6:46:00 PM
    I agree, your poem speaks for many and should be shared by many including the government. What a sad waste. A letter in print would catch some attention. Great writing Francine!

    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts
    Date: 8/24/2013 8:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thousands of letters were written, dozens of protests and many dozens of speakers at the council meetings, having proven that the dams are reinforced when city engineers said they weren't we have been given a reprieve till next year, a new feasibility study is being done.
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 10:43:00 AM
    This is very sad Francine and the goverment still acts without the support of the people. Well penned statement, you should send it as a letter to the editor.

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 10:44:00 AM
    Oh your voice your pen speaks volumes here, Francine,, there must be a profit in the carnage for someone? love this poem

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 2:49:00 PM
    Francine, oh so true, progress does cut like a knife, everywhere beauty is being destroyed, your poem is full of emotion and deep sadness, well done and I want to thank you so much for my wonderful placement in your Last Night I Dreamt Contest, I am very honoured, Constance

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 11:30:00 AM
    This pain I carry with me... When you have a chance to visit me, Look up Goodbye, Tafara. Touched me.

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 2:49:00 PM
    Sorry this is happening and I can feel your passion on this issue from the words in your poem. thanks, btw, for my win in your last contest. I really like your style of doing contests. I want to do a serious/humorous one too!

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 11:23:00 AM
    how unimaginable, francine...a legacy is something we would not want destroyed; i feel witb you on this one; it's like taking a big chunk of the heart... memorable piece!.. thank you for appreciating my piece for your contest; it brings me joy!..:) huggs