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The Truth.
     We inhabit the windiest country in Europe, it surely can only be seen as a national scandal and a national tragedy that we are not generating all of our nation’s electrical power from the power of the wind alone.

The Conventional Wisdom.
       We cannot possibly power this country from the wind alone, even the big offshore wind farms will only ever give us twenty per cent of the power we require.

The Leap of Imagination.
   Please start your leap of imagination into a truly possible, better future by disregarding everything you think you know about wind energy.

    While I don't see big wind turbines as an eyesore in an urban environment, I can see why they would have their dissenters in a rural setting.

    I propose that we can reasonably gather all the power that we need from small wind power, not only that but it can be done without further blighting our already shrinking countryside.

    This novel and to my knowledge hitherto totally unexplored model and approach for wind powered electricity generation has clearly never previously been considered or it would surely already exist in actuality. 

     To my admittedly uncertain knowledge as regards the non-proliferation of small wind power, I can only imagine that it has always been discounted due to the vast tracts of land that would have to be employed to make it work on a viable industrial scale via conventional models.

     This proposal draws only on land already permanently altered by our intervention and by pollution.  Land that would without this idea just remain as wasted space within our environment where space is already priced at a substantial premium,
     This idea could be in fact, the only possible way that we, as a nation, could realistically possibly hope to power the UK from the wind alone or in fact at all reasonably and safely by any other renewable source alone or even by all renewables working in conjunction. 

    This proposal requires no unsightly large wind turbines. Nor in fact the dozens of potentially hazardous nuclear reactors that would be required just to pick up the shortfall in our nation’s current generating capability, let alone to enable us to power the nation in its entirety. 

    This proposal also does not encounter the added costs to be incurred or the dangers involved while working at extreme heights or at sea whilst installing big wind turbines, but also in real terms costs the absolute bare minimum in terms of investment when compared to any other renewable source that would be reasonably applicable to this country.

      This though, is happily also the idea that will re-ignite Britain’s economy in the short and medium terms and yet also provide the long term solutions to our nation’s electricity generating requirements and would place our nation at the very forefront of green economics world-wide, ultimately delivering to us the possibility of, as close to a carbon neutral economy as it would be possible to achieve in a modern semi-industrial, western economy.

    So placing Britain in a position where a new wave of greener manufacturing industries would be able to compete on a level playing field in the worldwide market place, all this by virtue of a nation powered wholly by a renewable source where electricity generating price fluctuations could largely become a thing of the past.

    So enabling manufacturing industry to invest with certainty toward a much brighter future. This idea has the potential to drive and reinvigorate our national economy and within ten years push us up to number one as Europe's richest economy.

The Proposal.
   With the right system of cylindrical small wind powered generators placed along the central reservations of the nation's motorways and A roads, it will be entirely possible to meet the UKs electrical energy generating requirements in full.

The Novelty.
   To use the untapped resource that is the two metre wide central reservation strip of the nation’s 7000 miles of motorways and A roads, to be the site for an extensive system of vertical axis cylindrical small wind turbines, four metres high, (a touch over thirteen feet) in order to meet this proposal.

   Using this space would turn all previous studies, concluding with the non-viability of small wind power, on their heads. As not only does this idea make small wind power generation totally viable, not just in terms of the required space within the landscape. But also in terms of its potential to totally power the nation and it also conveniently generates the required power in unused space between the population centres that actually require the electrical power. 

   Thereby requiring less infrastructure in terms of wiring to bring the electrical power to homes and industry and also therefore less electricity to power up the grid.

   This though would be to barely even mention another untapped area of the nation, which would also have the potential to facilitate this idea, which are to be found at the border edges of the railway lines.

The True Cost.
   The true cost will only become apparent to our nation if, we choose not to exploit these underutilized spaces mentioned above, to be the future site for an incredible spring board to a brighter future. 
    The true costs will be incurred if we miss this boat, our national economy will continue to slide down the economic table of nations, to our detriment as an economy and society.

The Real Cost.
   I estimate the real cost could only ever be three and a half billion pounds, less than half of the capital outlay that the people of this nation spend yearly on sweets and fizzy drinks.

   Though in real terms as a total, the capital investment over ten years would amount to a capital asset with a value far greater than the sixty one billion pounds that I estimate that this project would cost in total, or up to one hundred and twenty billion, dependant on the chosen model. 
   Culminating in an incredible renewable power project with an eventual turnover on completion of sixty six billion pounds per year thereafter (based on electricity prices calculated in 2009), potentially realising sixty billion pounds of pure profit per year until the wind stops blowing.

   As if that is at all likely, we inhabit the windiest country in Europe, and if the climate scientists are to be believed and why wouldn't we believe them now, they seem to have been right, if not just a little conservative in their predictions so far.
   Should they be right again then things are set for the weather to get even windier on this island in the present and indeed the future.
     So that is sixty six billion pounds worth of clean green renewable power per year until the end of time, from a one off investment of sixty one billion pounds spread over ten years and all potentially in fact to be drawn from the systems very own returns, to provide fifty one million small cylindrical wind powered electric generators. 
     On completion providing the fifty one thousand megawatts of power per hour required to power this nation. I can't help but think that this really is the sort of proposal we cannot afford to overlook with our national economy bouncing along the bottom of the worst double dip recession since the nineteen thirties. 
     We won't even have to wait ten years for the buds of this project to come to fruition, the benefits of this project would be nearly instant, in terms of the investment boost to the wider economy. 
     The returns spiral upward so that during the installation phase three hundred and sixty three billion pounds (£363,000,000,000) worth of electricity will have been generated over ten years, I reiterate, that this really isn't the sort of money that we ought to allow to slip through our fingers.
    Though should we have the vision to go the extra few yards we can also build the renewable hydro-electric element that lifts this idea from great to nearly unbelievable, allowing us to fully cement the elemental bridge that will fill in any naturally occurring shortfalls that wind by its very nature would be sure to expose.
   The completed project would amount to the equivalent for our economy of having a brand new and inexhaustible virtual oil or gas field that would cost in real terms by comparison next to nothing to bring in, and also more than meet our own national commitment and yet greatly outreach our international obligations toward a greener world economy, but much more importantly would have none of the scope for environmental catastrophe that a real oil field could possibly hold plus none of the carbon emissions that burning huge quantities of gas would produce or indeed any of the possible perils that dozens of nuclear power stations with their own associated environmental risks could conceivably pose.
   While I have no particular anti-nuclear axe to grind, only a pro green renewable stance, it must be pointed out that to achieve the same end using nuclear power would require fifty brand new power stations, totalling nearly two hundred billion pounds of investment and possibly taking twenty years to achieve and that is without mentioning their huge running and decommissioning costs, plus the environmental cost of the required amount of Portland concrete involved to achieve such an end which in itself would be truly staggering, quite apart from the possible unseen environmental and human costs, that can only be glimpsed at through the nuclear industry’s very own veils of secrecy. 

Back To The Estimated Cost.

   In the costing plan that I see, the project begins to break even during the early part of its second year, due to the organic growth and nature of the project that I foresee, it then becomes self-financing at the end of year two. In year three the ever growing system begins to turn a profit, in year four the project moves into the exponential growth phase in terms of its profits. By the end of year five the project, though only half completed in terms of its manufacture, installation and investment, is close to having financed itself in full.
   At this stage profits surely have to be taken or would hopefully be ploughed into the potential hydro-electric aspect of this project, as it would just not be necessarily possible to accelerate the installation of the required number of generators.
   Taking into account all the economies of scale that would be involved in the production and installation of fifty one million nearly identical units, to generate fifty one thousand megawatts of electrical power per hour, sited over ten years, the numbers would go something like this. 
   One thousand pounds per unit, fully installed, times fifty one million units, plus ten billion pounds for unforeseen eventualities and over runs, during the manufacture and installation of the generators equals sixty one billion pounds, outlaid just once and spread over ten years.    
   Though it may be entirely possible to bring the whole project in for fifty one billion pounds. Sounds like a lot of money and it is, though considering what a potentially pivotal investment this could amount to for our nation and also that this sum will be returned better than yearly on completion, then in the scheme of my projections it’s really not so vast.
   Yet also on account of the gigantic but financially self-perpetuating nature of the enterprise this sum has never to found at once. in fact the maximum possible outlay would only ever be six point one billion pounds, though in actuality would be much more likely to be half of that sum, each turbine/generator begins to return its own cost from the instant that it is connected to a power grid and will, I estimate return its own worth in marginally less than one year.
   Each of the ten years of construction require the inward investment of less than six point one billion pounds, less than we spend yearly on sweets and pop, though at the end of the second year the systems own profits eliminate the need for external investment, with each passing year, yesteryears generators will have paid for themselves, having returned six point six billion pounds worth of power. As each new year’s installation is completed, all of the other completed one year installation segments continue to generate electricity. Each preceding years installation continuing to produce an additional return of six point six billion pounds, adding to an ongoing total until installation is over, of three hundred and sixty three billion pounds and returning a further sixty six billion pounds per year thereafter. By end of construction, year ten plus one the whole system will have paid for itself more than four times over or perhaps only twice over, if we employ the hydro-electric element that I will come to mention and happily the power/cash will just keep rolling in.
    I based the maths for the projected amount of wind on a twenty hour day, three hundred and fifty day year (though twenty five years as a crane driver tells me that the wind blows more often than that), the short fall in windy days and hours being taken up by the system’s ability to store electrical power within batteries mounted within the structure of the generator units. The use of small wind makes mass storage possible and is much more easily achieved than storing large amounts in fewer much larger units.
   This coupled with the soon to be explained hydro-element, that will make powering the nation totally possible from what might otherwise be a very hit and miss resource.

The Return.
    An investment of sixty one billion pounds over ten years would return sixty six billion pounds per year thereafter and also return four times the set up costs during the ten years of construction. 
   This ongoing total of three hundred and sixty three billion pounds after ten years increases by sixty six billion pounds per year, year on year and the return starts almost immediately and keeps gathering profits. 
    This idea even has the potential to deliver a return on our automotive fuel consumption too. Depending on wind direction and direction of travel of the traffic, the screening effect of this system could cut head winds and so improve fuel consumption. Also on the plus side each vehicle that passes, potentially gives a boost to the spin of each generator in turn, as its bow wave and drag signature adds to the winds effects on the generators. Though as a double plus point, as the vehicle's own speed and shape are the primary governing factors in the production of drag, the system of generators will have no detrimental effect on the vehicle's performance. In fact motorists who drive faster than the fifty miles per hour that would be considered optimum for economical fuel consumption, with minimal drag, will at least be able to feel that they are doing some real good by helping to power the nation.

The Benefits.
   The first thing to mention about small wind power versus big turbines would have to be their ability to generate electricity over a much broader range of wind speeds. Small wind turbines can start generating power at speeds as low as four miles per hour and carry on up to perhaps eighty miles per hour. However big turbines cannot start at speeds much lower than seven miles per hour and even then it is with the aid of a starter motor. Also a big wind turbine cannot generate power at wind speeds in excess of thirty five miles per hour, as they are then shut down by their own inertia brakes to save the turbine from self-destruction.
     Given that our national average wind speeds are seven to nine miles per hour, there will be probably two dozen days per year where the wind speed is too low and another dozen days when the wind is too high to maintain the efficient operation of big turbines. So to suit our weather and our pockets, small wind power is clearly to my mind a much better option. 
     Most tragically though at the sites chosen for big turbine wind farms, primarily selected for their above average wind speeds, sites that are also often on the migration routes of wild birds, some of these birds sadly do not always avoid the blades of big wind turbines.
   There could be other amazing spin off benefits to a project such as this. First off would have to be the environmental impact or more importantly the lack of impact.
   The major roads of this country could hardly be much more polluted than they already are, in terms of chemical, noise and visual pollution. There would not be too much this project can do about the former. That said unless higher performance electric vehicles become much more viable as a result of cheaper renewable electricity through this proposed project. Yet addressing the latter two pre-existing pollution issues, regarding our major roads, then through the visual and aural screen that these generators would create, we would then indeed possibly halve the noise pollution and certainly halve the visual pollution to be noted from any given view point within the landscape.
   Also a project on this scale would make the United Kingdom the world leader in the promotion of green economics.
   Couple this with the prospect of being largely energy self-sufficient, totally so in terms of generated electricity, thus empowering us as a nation to reclaim our national independence within a global economy of fluctuating energy prices. After decades of having been subject to world market effects on fuel prices, markets in which we have had a diminishing national influence to our determinant as consumers.
  Also creating benefits by being able to reignite the British economy, not only with the stimulating investment from this project as a much needed economic stimulus but also by giving an edge to industry in terms of potentially much more affordable power at a given and more constant price. Also a price that would in real terms decrease as a year on year cost to British businesses and domestic consumers, in terms of its near constant value in a world where energy price inflation is likely to be an ever accelerating constant. 
       This I am sure would be a source of immense national pride and a relief to many millions of lower paid workers and indeed the entire nation, with its feel good factor and economic boost through increased disposable income and also benefiting the economy at large in manifold other ways. 
     Motorists could also benefit through the addition of more motorways and A roads, mostly mothballed projects that we have not been able to finance, and in places a widening of some country A roads to introduce enough space for the required number of generators.
    With a system such as this, we need not have any of the predicted future cuts or heartache within our economy and society.
       There would be extra funds available too in the form of huge savings made, by not importing the vast quantities of gas or generated electricity that we now import to augment our current stunted generating capacity and satisfy consumption needs.  
      Funds to sponsor a new golden age in this great country, benefiting every single citizen in one form or another even if only through association, by being a part of the richest nation in Europe.
   This proposed project that I foresee, would have the added benefit of improving road safety on two,, possibly three levels, these improvements hopefully coming as a welcome side effect of the construction.
   Firstly in an effort to save on construction costs, it would make no sense to excavate, to foot the four metre high turbines, each would be set into a metre cube of lime concrete slabs (lime concrete absorbs carbon dioxide during its setting process), stacked in conjunction with saltwater filled plastic composite shock absorbing crash barriers, almost certainly laced with steel rope on the existing barrier posts plus some additional posts, placed at ground level, creating a one metre high by two metre wide crash barrier as long as the road, that would I think, when constructed in the right configuration be more collision friendly to the average motorist and also prevent even the heaviest of laden lorries crossing into the opposing carriageway. As a part of this aspect of my vision, we would see the scrap steel of the old crash barrier returning back into and against the final price of the project.  
   Also these generators would have the effect of screening each side of the road from the night time headlight glare from oncoming traffic. 
   Thirdly though it remains to be seen, I predict that creating what is in effect a four metre high screen on the drivers nearside whilst travelling in the fast lane, would I imagine cause a claustrophobic feeling to the right hand side of the driver and may well help kerb excessive speeding.
   The generators so far only in my mind’s eye will be moulded from plastic in whatever colour that will best suit the local landscape. Hiding half the traffic from any given viewpoint within that landscape, they may even be lightly dressed with the kind of plastic leaves that are to be seen on camouflage nets, breaking up the leading angular edges of the blades and allowing the installation, from only a short distance away from the long line of turbines to take on the appearance of a long country hedge row.
   Other positive effects from such a project would be the large number of jobs created in manufacturing of the generators for this country and potentially markets abroad, quarrying of chalk for lime concrete and haulage of all the materials required to facilitate what would be the single largest civil engineering project in British history. Not to mention jobs to be created in the installation works.
   Another positive effect would be to restore the bottom into Britain’s nearly worthless, three million tonne a year waste plastic market. 
   Also the twenty five million cubic metres of lime concrete that would help foot the generators would be fixing a good, yet to me, unknown amount of carbon dioxide during its chemical reaction while setting.

The Potential Hydro Element.
     Carefully chosen quarry sites would add a new and exciting extra dimension to this project. While they would provide the chalk for the lime concrete, as a by-product they would also provide the perfect location for power stations able to help join the dots to create a regulator and fail safe in terms of powering windless days, to fully beautify an already beautiful idea.
     We could with careful planning use the kinetic potential of water to create storage for any excess over production of power during particularly windy periods, by creating lakes, two per location plus a hidden underground hydro-electric power station/turbine hall per site. We could, from the profits of the initial ten years of production based turnover, ensure that there is never a break in our generating potential. Even on the very rare days when the wind is not blowing on a nationwide scale, though of course we could also turn on some existing conventional power stations on those days. 
     As much of southern Britain sits on a huge lump of chalk, in some places hundreds of feet deep, we can use this geology to our advantage. Conveniently the chalk could be quarried with water at high pressure to form the major constituent of the lime concrete slabs that will foot the generators. At these quarry sites, should the more ambitious of the two visionary models that I imagine be adopted, there could exist two reservoirs per site, one up down and one down down presumably on the south down, where the greatest amount of fall could be obtained between two bodies of water. 
      Here the opportunity would exist for an amazing renewable hydroelectric project.  Water from the lower reservoirs could be pumped upwards at times of low power demand or ideally at all times, by means of the gathered wind energy, then released from the top lakes at times of high demand or at all times, to flow through turbine halls hidden within the chalk down. As with the power station at Llanberis in Wales. This would generate perfectly regulated power, by means of water falling at one G, creating perfectly regulated power to better suit the needs of current consumption.
   These potentially huge bodies of water, though not necessarily large in surface area, could have the added benefit of doubling as reservoirs and massive fresh water fish farms.

The Other Stuff.
   Within the outlines above would have to exist a huge amount of detail, but none of the above is rocket science, it is all possible and could start almost immediately. 
    I believe that with the right systems of rolling production lines the whole operation could be carried out with truly minimal disruption to our road network. 
It would clearly be a gargantuan undertaking nonetheless, ten years, twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty four days a year (I wouldn't ask anyone to work on Christmas day, would you?)
     But as we all know this country has led the world by undertaking huge feats in the past and not always with the certainty of outcome that this proposal holds.
      Both world wars cost so much more by all conventional gauges of worth. It seems to me that though times have changed the battles, with our stagnating economy and climate change must be just as keenly fought. 
       As inspiration I borrow some visionary words from the late great president Kennedy, "We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard."
     Should we choose to power this nation, the windiest in Europe, from the wind alone, I think we will find it really isn't that hard, it only requires a leap of imagination plus the initial vision. We don't have to go to the moon, but without the initial vision they wouldn't have either.
   We could turn our backs on all that it is to be British and the millions who've fought and died to give us all that we have today, including the freedom to choose. Or we can choose to do something relatively simple in the windiest country in Europe, we harvest fifty one million Kw per hour, fifty one thousand megawatts of power from the megatons of power contained in the passing wind. 
   We could shirk our responsibilities, hand on a broken country to our descendants or we can stand up and do the right thing now, for no other reason than it really is the right thing to do, or even because we would like to be a part of the richest economy in Europe. We could do it because, that is what it means to me to be British and this is what British people do. 
   Great Britain isn't just the name of a geological feature where we live, I believe it's a state of mind and an ethos too. In this enterprise the outcome could be, for a change rather more certain than the battles of the past. Let's hand on an undiluted legacy of vision because we're British and because it is truly, truly the right thing to do, after all we're all here and "the time is now!" 
    The society wide benefits of this proposal could start flowing tomorrow.
   I conclude that fifty one million, one kilowatt generators would in fact power the UK. Sounds like a lot but renew your leap of imagination from one of the thirty million cars on our roads, not much of a leap from thirty to fifty million. Each one is generating its own power, after all generating electricity is only as difficult or as simple as spinning a copper coil around a magnet or a magnet around a copper coil, it really makes no difference which way it is done. It's over a hundred years since Faraday made this discovery.
   I have spent the last thirty years working as a tower crane driver and during this time, have made an informal, yet I feel very comprehensive study of the wind in many parts of the UK, I feel totally certain that all of this can be done.

The Only Real Drawback.
   The only drawback to this proposal will be the minimal traffic disruption that will inevitably occur during an installation as massive as this. Though I do believe that with the right systems in place and with the appropriate customized vehicles that the disruption involved need only be truly minimal. I think it would be entirely possible for road users to proceed past the installation works at fifty miles per hour for the duration of each rolling kilometre of works, thereby minimizing delays and disruption.
   Thirty years in construction leads me to the certainty that the installations that I foresee could be carried out from slow moving trains of specially adapted juggernaut lorries. Creating a rolling factory style production line, together with sensible traffic management, whilst working from the fast lane only and rendering the use of thousands of road cones totally unnecessary.

   While gathering the individual elements that are the complete idea, I allowed my creativity to be governed only by a single statement made by a friend. He goaded me thus
 "We couldn't possibly power this country from the wind alone, even the big offshore wind farms will only ever provide twenty percent of the power we require."
 I thought to myself that this couldn't be true. 
  On the eighty mile return journey from where we'd spoken the problem seemed to solve itself, as I watched the central reservation of the road speed by, I was now thinking cylindrical wind turbines. On my return home I began to use my one good finger to research the unknowns, how much power would be required and would there be enough wind and space to seat the phenomenal number of turbines/ generators needed to gather so much power from small wind turbines and would it indeed be do-able? 
   The answer would seem to be "yes" it could be done. But having spent more than thirty years working tower cranes, I really hadn't doubted it for a second. Though I had been doubting for about ten years whether it would ever be achieved by means of big wind turbines. It would seem though, that. 

"Even the big offshore wind farms will only ever deliver twenty per cent of the power we require." 
     Thank you Alan for making me explore further down the path I was already travelling, it would appear it leads to so many roads, now I want to see all of them from beginning to end!

©ALSchers 2015

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Good morning all...

When I was a small boy my teacher taught me of your history.
I remember the Bander copy pamphlet with pictures that she had made for us, all black and white.
I remember that black and white meant old to me then. If a photo or television set was black and white, then it was old. The new ones were all in colour. Old films too were in black and white. Even on a new television set, it was how they had been made.
I understood that much.

It must have been the 60th anniversary of the first world war.
I must have been nine years old. I remember being told of how many millions of soldiers of all nations had been killed, the number was so large, how could it mean anything to a nine year old child.
I remember looking around at my friends and the other boys in my class when the teacher told us how few of us might have survived had we been soldiers then.
I remember my teacher telling us that, out of the fifteen or so boys in my class and the fifteen more of the other class in my year, then only one or two, or just maybe, if they'd been really lucky, then perhaps three boys per class would have lived to come back.
To tell the tale of the truly brutal world war mostly conducted in France and Belgium that they had fought in, at such a staggering cost to all who took part in it.
I remember that my teacher called it a lost generation.
I remember hearing of how many men had lost arms or legs or had been blinded or had their lungs damaged by poison gas.
I remember thinking, if it was poison gas, then why didn't they die? Perhaps I was struggling to believe what I was being told.
Our teacher said that at the time people had called it the
"Great War"
I didn't understand why, none of it seemed so great to me.
I remember the picture of men in uniform with cheerful faces hanging out of a train window ready to set off to fight a war that they thought would be over by Christmas.
I remember the songs our teacher played on the piano and had taught us to sing.
I remember how patriotic those songs had made me feel.
"It's a long way to Tipperary, Keep the home fires burning, There will always be an England and Good bye-ee."
I remember the words.
"Good bye-ee, good bye-ee, wipe the tear baby dear from your eye-ee, although it's hard to part I know, I'll be tickled to death to go.
I remember my grandmother saying to me.
"You must never say goodbye!" She would say. "Just say, so long."
I didn't understand why but she knew what she meant.
I understand now.
I remember her showing me the tin of beautiful brass military tunic buttons that she kept right at the front of her cupboard, at eye height for her. She'd kept them for all those years.
One button for each regiment that she had made uniforms for. They were all shiny as if they were brand new. She said it was the lacquer that kept them so shiny, though she must have dusted them whenever she felt that she needed to.
She told me that she had been a seamstress then and that my grandfather who she hadn't yet met had been a tailor. She said that he had made uniforms for officers. Though she herself had worked in a factory making uniforms for the ranks of ordinary soldiers.
She would have been thirteen years old when the slaughter of the males of her whole generation started.
She remembered.
She told me things about that time in her history because I asked.
She told me how she had kissed every single button for luck before she sewed them on. She said that all the girls in the factory sewing buttons did the same. She said that they thought that if they kissed all of the buttons, then it would make that tunic lucky and bullet proof.

I remember thinking how could kissing buttons make a uniform bullet proof.
I suppose they had to believe it or else how could they have carried on making uniforms just for men to die in,
I wonder how many uniforms she had had a hand in making during those four long years.
I remember my teacher telling us how women had handed white chicken feathers to men who didn't volunteer, as an accusation of cowardice, so that they would enlist.
I remember the picture of men at the recruiting office, all seemingly anxious not to miss their turn to enlist or maybe they were anxious because they were enlisting.
I remember the pictures of ‘The Somme’.
I remember the picture of British soldiers posing by the huge mine crater after a different battle, where the German positions had once been.
Ten thousand men killed in an instant during the early hours of the morning, totally obliterated by hundreds of tons of Ammonol, wiped from the face of the earth, as the battle commenced.
I remember the photos from sixty years after the carnage, of trench lines, still visible though collapsed and caved in. The mud long since grown over, as a scarred but tranquil meadow once more. Yet those fortifications still appeared to be ten or more feet deep.
But my most enduring memory of those photos was the one of the British pattern steel helmet rusted with age, held aloft by the tree that had grown through the hole in it, so very long ago.
Though I don't remember her name that teacher taught me well.
There were no ordinary soldiers, only heroes in that war, as in all other wars.
They all bled the same colour blood as runs through my veins, their tears would have tasted of salt just as mine do. These are the only two things that I know for certain about your history.
I owe you all so much,
for my long happy life that I've lived in peace in a land of plenty.
Together with my language I owe you for that too.

What could I really know of your history?
These are the things that I remember.
My teacher and more especially my grandmother passed on your memory to me.

© ALSchers 2016


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That Tower Of Forty Years

So many things may spark a memory
A poetry prompt, has that potential
I was twelve, all the girls were 'Demaree'
Dark nights, kiss chase, lips that one credential
Two cute blonde twin sisters, lived off my road
Diane was my girlfriend, she liked kissing
Lived so close, nearly shared the same post code
It makes me smile while I'm reminiscing
In sweet innocence, a dozen kids played
Chasing and laughing, for what seemed like hours
Looking back now, from a world much more staid
Wondrin’ who planned our ivory towers
With parents indoors and the curtains drawn
That night found its thrill, with the touch of 'Dawn'

Original Thoughts by
© A. L. Schers 2017

Image titled 'Candy Lips' by Happysmitten on DeviantArt

Thank you +karen hayward​​​​ for your inspiring line prompt and sweet +Niamh Serendipity​​​​ for inviting me to join in, I enjoyed writing this poem :-)

#poetslineprompts #prompt #touchofdawn #sonnet #memory #kiss #smile #innocence

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That Tower Of Forty Years

So many things may spark a memory
A poetry prompt, has that potential
I was twelve, all the girls were 'Demaree'
Dark nights, kiss chase, lips that one credential
Two cute blonde twin sisters, lived off my road
Diane was my girlfriend, she liked kissing
Lived so close, nearly shared the same post code
It makes me smile while I'm reminiscing
In sweet innocence, a dozen kids played
Chasing and laughing, for what seemed like hours
Looking back now, from a world much more staid
Wondrin’ who planned our ivory towers
With parents indoors and the curtains drawn
That night found its thrill, with the touch of 'Dawn'

Original Thoughts by
© A. L. Schers 2017

Thank you sweet +Niamh Serendipity​​​​ for inviting me to join in this lovely prompt from +karen hayward​​​​ it was a fun one to write :-)

#poetslineprompts #prompt #touchofdawn #sonnet #shakespeareansonnet #poetry

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Tragedy, Whispered By Only The Wind

Mountains have a beauty all of their own
They fill the very extent of the eye
Hewn from the stoic majesty of stone
Stroking the misty tresses of the sky
Thin air, above the tree line, enlightens
Foretelling the stuff of myth and legend
Gritty faces of old frozen titans
Witnessed love's leap, by ‘Pinnacle Crag’s’ end
Forget-me-nots bloom, marking that spot
A lad asked his girl, would she be his wife
His darling said; she, could ne’er, tie that knot
Futility’s lost love, leapt from this life
There on a rock, is a white painted cross
Sun’s brilliance marks, that place, of her loss

Original Thoughts by
© A. L. Schers 2017

Photograph by +Gel Poetry Garden​ thank you for the spark of inspiration my friend :-)

#PhotoPromptinSIGHT64 #prompt #brilliance #mountain #poetry #sonnet #majesty #loss

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Tragedy, Whispered By Only The Wind

Mountains have a beauty all of their own
They fill the very extent of the eye
Hewn from the stoic majesty of stone
Stroking the misty tresses of the sky
Thin air, above the tree line, enlightens
Foretelling the stuff of myth and legend
Gritty faces of old frozen titans
Witnessed love's leap, by ‘Pinnacle Crag’s’ end
Forget-me-nots bloom, marking that spot
A lad asked his girl, would she be his wife
His darling said; she, could ne’er, tie that knot
Futility’s lost love, leapt from this life
There on a rock, is a white painted cross
Sun’s brilliance marks, that place, of her loss

Original Thoughts by
© A. L. Schers 2017

Photograph by +Gel Poetry Garden​ thank you for the spark of inspiration my friend :-)

#PhotoPromptinSIGHT64 #photoprompt #sonnet #brilliance #mountain #stone #crag #sky #sun

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Eight Times Beautiful

They say, there's nothing new under the sun
And so it sometimes seems, that they are right
Who are they, anyone and everyone
But do they see the world, with your sweet sight
See the beauty of dew, on spider silk
The magic of that thread, in the first place
Incredible nature, divergent ilk
Amazing in all facets and each face
Rejoice, in all the beauty that you see
Take pleasure, from each single wondrous thing
Be certain, that spider is beastly
They like a liquid lunch, no case nor wing
In love, has no emotions to detach
Though surely is a sculptor, without match

Original Thoughts by
© A. L. Schers 2017

Image courtesy of sweet +Niamh Serendipity​ thank you for the spark of inspiration <3

#positivelyprompted #poetry #sonnet #spider #web #silk #dew #thread #sculptor #nature

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So Damned…

Only a bond left to break
Now there's just fake
No more give and take

Can't go back to the start
And that remains, the hardest part
To disengage the heart

When that elasticity is no more
Both know the score
It's rotten to the core

Understanding has become lost
The only freshness is the frost
Knowing is the cost

Musty and airless
Lost are the careless
If only it could be tearless

But it binds yet
Too hard to forget
And there's only regret

Comfort is the closeness of those memories
Can't forgive the treachery
Hands stained by their butchery

Good times
Fine times
Before the grime

It was once pristine
Then there was the scene
It got mean

Grit those teeth
Just ignore that heartless thief
Suspend the belief

It's dead… It can only rot

Original Thoughts by
© A. L. Schers 2017

Image courtesy of +Emily Nelson thank you for the spark of inspiration my friend :-)

#photopoetryprompt #prompt #heartbreak #poetry #freeverse #heart #heartless #regret
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