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Sublime Structures

Wind turbines - 
fill my skies, usher the future 
with great beckoning arms,
arms that waft away cancer and apathy 
and halt the rise of the sea.

Solar panels -
colonise my fields, brave lizard-queens
lead us, unblinking
from a world stripped to cold tatters
at the hands of nuclear hackers.

You beautiful ugly apparitions, 
vast, flawed seeds of imperfect dreams -
you are not an end, but a means.

And one day, 
in a future powered by science and air,
we will thank you, much-maligned friends
for holding back our broken, choking end 
long enough... to get us there.

15 August 2019
Written in response to Kevin Shaw’s poem “Monstrous Steel Structures”... about how much he hates wind turbines! Thanks for the inspiration Kevin! Please do read Kevin’s poem for the other side of the argument :-)

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Date: 9/7/2019 4:57:00 PM
Hello Nina, I do like the turbines either,they are ugly and huge. Farm houses have on their property. Some were too close to the houses. These people complained of these ugly thongs being noisy. To sell a home with this ugly thing would be very hard to do.Nobody wants tha ugly thing. have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 9/7/2019 10:14:00 AM
I love that you were indignant and inspired to write a poem to find beauty in something for its function and purpose and not its appearanc e: It kind of parallels society views on women! Great Job.
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Date: 9/8/2019 12:08:00 AM
Thank you Toni. I actually don’t think they’re ugly either!
Date: 8/21/2019 3:12:00 PM
So very well written Nina! Green is best and you stated that so elegantly here! Well done my friend!;)
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Date: 8/18/2019 4:21:00 PM
Hi Nina, it seems my little blog and poem certainly have got Soupers talking about my monstrous wind turbines, firstly might I say I love your poem, much better than my amateur effort. I struggle with free verse. I have some sympathy with your views but am convinced that green products are only fueling greedy politicians pockets and their real benefit is negligible, kindest regards, Kevin xx
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Date: 8/18/2019 5:11:00 AM
Beautifully and effectively argued view, Nina. But as you wisely observed, there are other viewpoints - for this modern civilisation, with its many blessings (compare our standards of living with those of our forebears) perhaps we should bless the hated fossil fuels on which so much has depended. See also my poems: ‘From the Deep’ and ‘Windmills on your mind’
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Date: 8/18/2019 2:11:00 AM
Wow Nina, Well written. What a dilemma of our own making we are in. This beautiful Earth we were given we are destroying. Frances
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/8/2019 12:09:00 AM
Thank you Frances. Yes, it’s terrible. We are a truly stupid species.
Date: 8/17/2019 10:19:00 AM
A Good Idea well written ! But I think there may be better things to come ?! Well Done , Nina.
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Date: 8/18/2019 3:05:00 PM
Thank you very much Keith! Yes so do I, and that’s what I was trying to say in my last stanza - that hopefully these imperfect technologies will help buy us enough time to develop something truly “clean”.
Date: 8/16/2019 4:24:00 PM
I am so with you on this! They may not be pretty to look at, but if they can help save us from self destruction, I am all for them - I'd rather have sore eyes than polluted lungs! Fave!!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/16/2019 4:55:00 PM
Absolutely. And I don’t even find them ugly myself but I seem to be in a minority! Thank you very much Michelle!
Date: 8/15/2019 5:58:00 AM
I suppose they are like marmite, love em or hate em. Just don't know why they can't camoflage them a bit to blend in more with the landscape. Tom
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/16/2019 4:54:00 PM
I can have bare hands as well if you like?!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 8/15/2019 9:48:00 AM
Only barefoot ?
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/15/2019 9:32:00 AM
Maybe we could camouflage than WITH marmite? Polarise people even more? Personally I’d paint them rainbow colours and dance round them barefoot. Possibly just me.