I am writing to respond to the letter by Coun Peter Price, printed in the Star, July 28, which referred to my poem printed, July 24.
Decision to axe trees was based on facts?
Peter Price says the decisions to axe
are practical and based on fact.
But if ‘facts’ are the reason for felling our trees
How come some experts still disagree?
You say you have lent your eye and an ear
But some of your colleagues did not, that was clear.
By the way I’m not ‘arty’.
I’m an ex-council worker who once backed your party.
I’ve always worked very hard for a living,
So, I’m amused at the impression I seem to be giving.
I left school at 15, with no thought of ‘art’
I had to follow my head, not my heart.
Peter, I’m probably no more ‘arty’ than you
We all just do the best we can do.
So from an upbringing with no money
I find my ‘arty’ title rather funny.
Some readers may wonder about my postal code
But I don’t even live on Rustlings Road.
The Star has great letters from which it can pick
Alone, my ‘arty’ poems won’t do the trick.
Though I confess it was my intention
To get the trees maximum attention.
If we are fast replacing trees, then, perhaps,
Someone might explain the many gaps?
‘Facts’ are so simple they’re black and white
But using discretion is also right.
Remember ‘facts’ can still be disputed
And ‘expert’ advice can be refuted.
Perhaps if we pause to look around
Gentle but “practical” solutions can be found?
As for now, the Limes stand proud and tall
Let’s hope they stay that way beyond the ‘Fall’
Peter Price’s letter states: “End of story”- it’s so not true!
That sounded dictatorial and patronising too.
Does “End of story” mean he’s done?
Well, we at SORT, have only just begun.
We’ll always fight to save a healthy tree.
Not dead or dying - just getting on a bit like me and thee
So, Sheffielders, it’s up to you.
Don’t let them fell, if good care will do.
For now, I hope my work is done
And I’ll go out to get some sun.
Because I am really hoping that
I’ll no longer need my ‘arty’ hat.
I’ll leave SORT to the technical jargon
Whilst I go and weed the garden.
So far, I have not become a Lib-Dem or a Tory
But believe me Peter, it’s far from “End of story”!
You can still sign the Rustlings Road online petition at http://chn.ge/1dtg74B
By ‘Arty’ but ‘Practical’ Pensioner and SORT supporter
Name & Address supplied