Space Reversal by Don Matthews

A large flock of sheep being herded into an enclosure
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Expansion – do you like it ?
I must admit I don’t
More people, cars, pollution
Give me more space ? – you won’t

In fact your space reversing
A feeling I can’t bear
It makes me claustrophobic
Don’t think you really care

Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned
And long for yesterday
When people, cars, pollution
Did not get in my way

Forgetting me, I worry
For those who’ll follow on
Expansion, do we need it ?
Or is it just a con ?

Politicians call out
Expand, expand, they rant
But quality of life is
To me, more im-por-tant

House blocks are now minimal
Ceilings scrape your head
Where are childhood backyards ?
Disappeared – all dead

Immigration is the answer
Our politicians say
Bring them in in thousands
More taxes come our way

But here’s the problem reader
More stuff produced by all
But spread ’round with more people
So no gain overall

Cut down on immigration
Give us more room to move
Less people, cars, pollution
Life-quality will improve


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s words inhabit a deep, creative space. As the world grows and populations increase, space has definitely become a precious commodity. As we all struggle to find ourselves and locate that perfect place, we are consuming more and more open areas. The right to move and live better lives can’t be denied, but let’s give nature its due respect.
    Congratulations Don!


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