Doggerel Dave

Three Palms Revisited


Three Palms:

The sale will go ahead just four doors down;

A doubtful fate for the cottage it seems,

I bet the final bidder goes to town -

Still maybe they’ve found the home of their dreams:


Plenty of character though not vintage

Including rich green garden, neat courtyard;

But here’s Sydney, full of legal pillage -

‘Improvement’ is likely without regard.                   


Trees through my window hail me at breakfasts

All back grounded by ever changing sky;

Palms elegant, stately, tall as mainmasts

Set fair my journey into the day’s eye.


Of course those three palms were felled one morning:

Dissolved - the view I’d known for fifteen years.

This lessened life’s texture at day’s dawning

And my loss joined the surfeit of world cares.


Now I have nothing left but remembrance

As the palms aren’t there for the winds to play;

In the end there’s no choice but acceptance.

Well at least they’ve allowed the sky to stay.



So major works as that garden is cleared

To place a two floor garage tall and bland.

Concrete surfaces everywhere appeared;

Because three tank like cars now ruled this land.


Cottage character was reinvented -

Here gleaming white rather than honeyed brick;

The building now massively extended,

Lord of the Manor gave Nature the flick.


  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: June 1st, 2021 05:40
  • Comment from author about the poem: My first published poem returned for a second outing with two additional stanzas – an update. Reconciled only inasmuch as I still have a roof over my head….
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  • Teddy.15

    I seem to be getting the message that we should be grateful, for what we have and that, things could always be worse.

  • Doggerel Dave

    No message beyond what is there, Teddy. 'All is change' would probably cover it really.
    A small (compared with world problems) deterioration in the quality of my life. But certainly I've had, at various times (not always) housing problems - with the sole exception of where I am now.

    • Teddy.15

      Well I came from the backstreets of London so I appreciate it in any case

      • Doggerel Dave

        Me too London East Ender bred and born

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      • Goldfinch60

        This is happening all over the place Dave and it is such a shame, so many people just do not care for nature.


        • Doggerel Dave

          Certainly happening where I live, Andy. Beats me where or how they have enough finance to do that stuff (not to mention the humdinger motor vehicles).

        • Neville

          ... it feels like I've been here before .. but it looks a little different ...

          ps .. no one should be without a roof .. should they

          • Doggerel Dave

            And so you have Sir. ''Tis in several small ways.....
            As for roofs over: shouldn't be but are, Neville - even in a country such as Australia, which is allegedly very wealthy....

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