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(Source: The Guardian)



Our blue and green world's turning greyer

Every second we lay concrete down

After water, this concrete we're laying

Is the most widely used substance around




Concrete is the most destructive material on Earth.

While concrete is how we try to tame nature,

it also entombs vast tracts of fertile soil.

Desensitising us from what is happening

outside our urban fortress


If the cement industry were a country,

it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in

the world, surpassed only by China and the US.


Don Matthews February 2020


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Don Matthews

Mon 2nd Mar 2020 06:52

Thankyou Do, MC, Ruth, Binte

It brought me up with a jolt when I read this in the Guardian

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Binte Afroz

Mon 2nd Mar 2020 05:40

To all nature-lovers, this is a sorry sight but this is what our lives have evolved into. Living in cement boxes we think we are more fortunate than our predecessors, mere fools we are. Sustainability is at risk.

Beautiful poem, Don. Thanks for sharing.


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Ruth O'Reilly

Sun 1st Mar 2020 22:14

This reminds me of Joni Mitchell's big yellow taxi

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 1st Mar 2020 17:05

Tending to cement scepticism about the approval given to builders
seeking to build across just about anywhere and everywhere these


Sun 1st Mar 2020 09:57

Good one!! 👍

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