Major Incident

Les Wicks

Concrete is bits of mountain
plus abandoned shell, sometimes slag & ash.
The lovestuck dreams of permanence
our temples & hospitals
those roads out of the city
to another city exactly the same.
We build like a nervous habit.
This everything will last
(Defⁿ LIF = 20 yrs)
I’ve had winters & arguments
lasted longer than your average palace.
There’s a tree wanted to argue this beneficence,
this gift.
They’ve cut it down.

Les Wicks has been published across 35 countries in 15 languages. His 15th book of poetry is Time Taken – New & Selected (Puncher & Wattmann, 2022). He can be found at



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