By Alex Keelan

Location: Weaste Metro stop, Salford

Weaste not blessed with colour
Industry fills its heart.
With often a funny odour
Yeastie industrial fart.
I took a photo of my sister by the met stop on our way into town
I used my new four-lens camera and snapped as she turned around.
Action shot with light streaming through the newly planted tree
The four images made Weaste look beautiful to me.
It revealed nothing of the grey industrialness
Nothing of regeneration, old meets new broken community mess.
It looks beautiful and bright
No flat-pack new development flats in sight
No gated communities to keep out the masses
No shopping trolleys in the street and broken glasses.
Just a colourful image for your eyes to feast
No waste and yeast equal Weaste.

Alex Keelan works for Manchester City Council and writes in her spare time.



8 Responses to “Weaste”

  1. July 29, 2009 at 6:44 pm, joelfrancois said:

    I thought it was a very beautiful poem and it cheered up my day.

  2. July 30, 2009 at 11:56 am, franhoughton said:

    a beautiful poem! x

  3. July 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm, Jo Savage said:

    Love this poem! x

  4. July 31, 2009 at 12:24 pm, eileen houghton said:

    A glimpse of beauty and light in the midst of the urban sprawl. Lovely.

  5. August 08, 2009 at 2:11 am, mark page said:

    Liked poem although confused as to the reference to “industrial” Industrial conjures images that are no longer relavent to Salford. Grey weaste? perhaps no more these days than anywhere. Old weaste, Red weaste, Hospital Weaste, Eccles new Weaste, Red Devil Weaste, THE WEASTE, St George’s flags and scrotes and all…….

  6. August 23, 2009 at 9:37 pm, Alex Keelan said:

    Hi Mark thanks for your comments, you are right there is much more to Weaste, the poem is talking about Weaste from the perspective of Eccles New Road, by the tram stop.

  7. November 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm, Olthwaite said:

    “No waste and yeast equal Weaste”

    I love that line, especially the sounds of the words. Enjoyed the poem.

  8. October 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm, Mike A said:

    what can i say – a simple poem that moves and contains so much imagery in so few words. just found the website and this was the first link i clicked. if the rest of the poetry is half as good, am sure it will make for fine reading.


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