Park poetry

The following, written by Brian Sanderson, is so thoughtful and poetic we felt it needed to be shared. We hope he won’t mind our adding images.

Clock Park
by Brian Sanderson

It’s good to sprawl in the snow and listen.

Listen to the wind blowing through the trees.

It whistles through deciduous wood and whooshes in the tops of firs.

The brook tumbles steeply over stones.

I am captive to the melody and splendor of natures raw designs, comforting and familiar yet infinite in their variation.

Nature has laws that cannot be broken and yet they make so much possible.

The University woods are a fine place to be. Never mind the mud and the dog shit, it’s frozen.

No, it’s bullshit that bothers me. Expensive bullshit.

Clock Park. Too many thousands have been wasted on your ugly plasticized design.

It’s a place “designed by the people who will use it”, they say. Who will use it? Will they pay the $200,000 for construction?

Why spend such a fortune to so poorly imitate what nature makes for free?

Clock Park, I have no stomach for you.

Your Euclidian geometry reeks of petty control and bylaw.

You look too much like your creator.

2 responses to “Park poetry

  1. I think we should also consider what positive effects the park might have on the town, when discussing how much money to spend on it.

    I expect a quality urban park in the downtown, could have some great spin off benefits. It might encourage more people to walk or cycle downtown, knowing there’s a nice place to stop and take a break. Businesses might be attracted to the Town, or maybe new residents. Attracting some level of growth might mean our Town continues to thrive with people and community.

    This article speaks to the benefits of public spaces and how redesigning them can improve what is otherwise just a vacant lot.

  2. Money better spent putting in a zip line from the top of Wolfville to Main St.