2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5
By: Robert Lee Brewer ~ November 5, 2016
For today’s prompt, write a wire poem. A wire poem could be about something that needs wires–like maybe a robot, TV, or automobile. But birds huddle on telephone wires, people wire money to each other, and kids can get wired off of too much candy and/or caffeine. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t written more wired poems over the years.
I had to do some research, when this idea came into my head. ☮️🎎
by John Yeo
The commons were open lands all for free,
We could graze our cattle where we pleased.
Grow food, wander for miles in open land
A free man or woman living self-sufficiently.
Wild hedgerows bordered the farms,
Trees on the horizon, sheep roaming free.
Then came laws that enclosed the land
Cruel wire fences appeared everywhere.
The hated wire that fenced off freedom
A blight on the landscape that hurt us.
We were locked out from our feudal right
To our natural heritage of rural England.
The wires were placed to mark the areas
That were handed to wealthy farmers
Our common access was barred by wire
Forever to be lost to the new landowners.
Wire, hated wire, everywhere to be seen,
A blight that would never be removed.
Wire to mark out, Wire to lock out.
The enclosure acts changed life forever.
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“The Inclosure Acts (or “Enclosure Acts” in modern spelling) was a series of United Kingdom Acts of Parliament which enclosed open fields and common land in the country, creating legal property rights to land that was previously considered common.” Research from Wikipedia