Pete Crowther

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Poor Kilnsea - Poem by Pete Crowther

Our little village that we call home
is not important, large or rich,
two dozen cottages at most,
a farm or two, a failed hotel,
no shops, no post office, or bus
but yes, we have a splendid pub
and lots of fields that lie between
the sea and Humber estuary.
When summer comes the hay is cut,
the crops are duly harvested,
and pasture’s grazed by cows and sheep,
a place of peace much loved by those
who come to 'bird' or just relax.
Each year the sea extracts its toll —
two yards at least of crumbling cliff,
we live with this and on the whole
feel safe enough for we rely
upon our modest sea defences.
But that alas was in the past,
for now, out of the blue, we learn
from those empowered to protect
that future policy will be
to abandon Kilnsea to the sea:
we are too few, lack industry
(forget the lifeboat, pilots, ABP,
they do not count apparently) ,
no, we are not worth defending,
nor can the costs be justified
of building or repairing banks
to stand against the sea’s advance.
The price, they say, of building these
outweighs the value of our village.
Poor Kilnsea is expendable, you see.
Forget the reign of King Canute,
Today accountants rule the waves
And money is their only yardstick.


It is ironic that the money
that could protect us and our village
will go instead to two lagoons,
the habitat of saline worms
and various small Crustaceae,
that lie nearby and constitute,
we’re told, a triple S.I. — oh my,
there must be a moral somewhere here!

Comments about Poor Kilnsea by Pete Crowther

  • Ernestine Northover (10/3/2005 3:43:00 PM)

    I see so much money wasted on useless things when it could be spent on something worthwhile. I begin to wonder where these people who decide on these things live, abroad I should think, for I'm sure half of them never ever see what they make decisions about. To me that's what The Lottery and Heritage money should be spent on. We should be preserving our country. Sincerely Ernestine (Report) Reply

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  • (10/2/2005 3:50:00 AM)

    I liked what Andrew wrote and agree with him...

    Pete, I feel rotten about this happening. How absolutely outrageous - fight the god dammed government decision with all your might...even if it means posters and banners and petitions all the way to 10 Downing Street. No, one could not expect a PM who agrees to go to war in Iraq (having no morals himself) to do anything other than what he's done...Kilnsea sounds far too precious not to give it your best go. I feel sick to the pit of my stomach and am glad you wrote it out as a poem.
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  • (9/27/2005 11:47:00 AM)

    This poem scares me to death and breaks my heart at the same time. You wrote this very well...keeping out any sappy emotion (as I am prone to do) but leading us into our own emotion over a government who decides who and what to save and who to allow to crumble into the sea. Very nice, Peter.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, May 24, 2010

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