Shades of the North East past
Dwarf the uninviting landscape,
in the form of charcoal clouds,
the consequence of industrial fallout
Those who once worked the glass factory floors, ship yards and coal mines,
sat forlornly in terraced house rows, feeling void of self worth and purpose.
Where lives once filled with laughter,
at smutty workplace banter,
now lay barren industrial lots,
scattered with moribund lifeless stock.
Cigarette ends visible from depressed visitors, who still sat, trying to reconcile and reason the devastating changes.
Perhaps gaining solace from their
brief return to past recollections.
Once hailed as the largest shipbuilding townin the world, but now in industrial limbo, huge brewery even succumbing, paving the way to regeneration.
Progress now miraculously in sight,
seen through the steely eyes of the
Stadium of Light.
Car plant, retail parks, now replacing
Coal dust, Stevedores and blowing glass
Life goes on, in and beyond Sunderland.
Beyond all memories in times past.