Writing about the Arundel Bypass
Many people are passionately opposed to the destruction of the countryside of Binsted and Walberton, Arundel and Tortington.
Their love and concern for this landscape is finding expression in creative writing.
Is that my shadow, or the tree’s?
Matilda Tristram, June 2018
Totem Pole at Binsted
The tree that was
Is always there
It stands its ground
with Corvid stare
With limbs outspread
Like angels wings
It brings to mind
Once sacred things
Like land and sea
And earth and sky
And great directions
Of the eye
I hope the tree
That never dies
Will never see
Its friends' demise
The oaken beings
That stand around
Spread the message
Through the ground
Come stand with us
Come stand up strong
Let’s save the place
Where we belong
The sacred truth
Of all we know
Is how we reap
Just what we sow
In ancient times
The people knew
To stand with us
In all we do
It is time again
For us to grow
So raise your prayers
With sacred crow
Paul Ayling, June 2018
The Paper Dart
Binsted Woods are in the shape of a crab.
The crab and the village play an ancient ring game
Round the three fields which went on rotating.
The sloping long-shaped parish contained all you need,
Sandy gravel, clay, woods, fields, meadows, pasture and streams.
A half-ring of water and marsh kept it an island.
The outlying farms never formed a street
With a complacent cricket-field. But a wide track
Led crowds of complainants to the Anglo-Saxon Moot Mound.
Species counts rise higher and higher. Bats smudge
Your torchlight edge as you help breeding toads off the lane.
Leaf litter heaves round the Madonna Pond.
Inside the woods there’s a secret garden.
Here Laurie and Lorna were intent as insects while bombs fell.
Here Michael took his harm to the abandoned shooting lodge.
The Purple Emperor quest yields the rarer White Admiral.
A pointless winter meander revealed the blasted tree
Its downed branches round it like the hands of a clock.
This sheltering tent of possibility and history
Is in danger of becoming nothing but a tube sign,
Its circle shattered by a dual carriageway.
We can trade numbers with the Department of Transport.
Five to eight thousand toads, does it make a difference?
We can input to consultations about the National Planning Policy Framework.
But there’s a black hole in their millions of documents
Gushing crude lies and plastic misinformation.
A village drowned by a road causes more roads.
It’s all for nothing, helping the great vanishing.
All I can do is polish my micro-bead
Of protest and fix it to my paper dart.
Emma Tristram, June 2018
Some of her work can be seen on www.mmaattiillddaa.com .
She has been published by Penguin and other imprints but her latest book is "Binsted - the Heart of our Horizon", on sale at the Binsted Strawberry Fair or email Emma Tristram.
This comic strip vividly illustrates her sense of the place of Binsted and the threat of loss through a possible Arundel Bypass route.