Sevenling on finding an old photograph


The land is treed nowadays

and the fields are quiet

no cattle fewer crops


the woods grow up where the plough turned

meadow is for hare and deer

and birds grow instead of tobacco


there’s a light wind in the leaves and a cock crowing.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “Sevenling on finding an old photograph”

      1. Your life is an exceptionally difficult one and it’s been made harder by the regulations. Most people haven’t had anything like that to put up with. The people who will lose their jobs, I feel sorry for though.

  1. It must be a wonderful photograph you had found. That sounds like the rural paradise. Here beside all the cars (all people here need a own car, forcing the German automotive industries) we have it too. Michael

    1. It’s the same here. It’s one car per member of the household, depending on income. The people 500m away have Only one child (Ten years old) living at home but they have at least three cars, a people carrier, two ride-on mowers, a trailer and two tractors. They are not farmers

    1. It’s good to remember that agricultural land is not nature and it’s not natural. Fields full of a single, highly dosed up crop as far as the eye can see doesn’t seem beautiful to me.

      1. Those landscapes are terrifying. I’ve seen film of the harvesters, things the size of a block, moving in lines across a field as big as a small country.

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