Peacehaven Primary’s Pool

– a villanelle about this.

Kids needed somewhere safe to swim
so locals raised funds for a pool,
got sponsor forms and filled them in
Again they shook donation tins
to keep aquatics at the school,
to keep the children safe to swim
But then the Council waded in,
imposed a board which then – so cruel –
destroyed the pool and filled in it
So folks kicked up a mighty din –
What kind of money-hungry fool
makes savings stopping children swim?
The board said sorry for its spin
but still insists its act was cool –
that they were right to fill it in
Rocks and boulders to the brim
the buried debris of misrule
The kids had somewhere safe to swim
until the placemen filled it in

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