Progress/Reform (Flash fiction entry from the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival, 2016)

Ian Todd

Here is the Progress change.

As buildings torn down, this is progress

Personal histories pulled down. Erased

Skyline refreshed, Plans and visions arise

New commercial avenues replace old industries

You can’t stand in the way of progress

Green fields replace the decaying leisure world

New visions grow out of the rubble

Idealistic grand plans out of dystopian mess

Bulldoze birthday parties past

First dates and old work spaces