Call For An Inquiry

this morning while the air was still
and the cold imposed a silence
over the outer suburbs I was caught
by a shock of surprise
when I glanced
away from the road
to see the green familiarity of paddocks
with stray trees and occasional cows
stretching to meet the shape of distant hills
faint through the white smoke
of a rising mist
like the countryside of my childhood

is this small piece of yesterday unworthy
of conversion into dwelling or street or park?
where are the developers
and should there not be
some kind of inquiry?

© Frank Prem, 2000

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