County Lock

County Lock – once a centre of industry on the Kennet

John admits to a perverse pleasure from composing very long titles for very short poems, as here.

ECOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON CERTAIN ITEMS OF HARDWARE SEMI-SUBMERGED IN THE RIVER KENNET BY COUNTY LOCK

The riverfowl don’t seem to mind
These monuments of Mankind’s folly –
The mallard perches on a tyre,
The coot prefers a shopper’s trolly.

1991

 


Links

  1. John Dearing at the Whitley Pump
  2. In Grateful Memory, John Dearing’s new booklet about the monuments and inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel