361. earthworks.

the tumulus that is Sizergh roundabout

today bears the scars of

a recent altercation

with a car or a lorry

or maybe a van

judging from the gouge rent in the earthworks


uprooted saplings

and a deep swathe of brown earth

slicing through the greenery


was it survivable?

I ask myself


 – I always seem to

when I see tyre marks and orange cones

mangled railings and stricken lamp posts –


I’ll maybe never know

whether a smaller version

has been dug already

& draped with plastic turf

to await a new arrival.