Lament for green fields

Following my blog Private roads – a route to perdition, a Bodicote resident who lives in Canal Lane and who sees, hears and suffers the destruction of the green fields outside her home has sent me a poem that expresses her distress. Here it is:


A field that once was farmed with care

Bodicote  fields - before
fields – before

Is now a scene of dark despair.
Wrecked and beaten, torn asunder,
abandoned to relentless plunder.
Frenzied hands intent on pace
strike merciless blows to win the race.

Resembling now a battlefield,
this precious soil will no more yield
the harvests rich of plump, full grain,
will never more be green again.
A brutal war with nature kills
the wondrous gifts, against our wills.

But who are we to have our say?

Bodicote fields - after

fields – after

when “wisdom’s” voice holds all the sway.
And all about, we hear the shout
what madness brought this all about?
Ah! who will know the true endeavour
of reckless acts our peace to sever.
And who will hang their heads in shame
for countryside now lost in vain.

And who will mourn the creatures’ plight, the deer and badger put to flight,
The fox and rabbit, hare and mouse
all rooted out without a house.
The pigeons in confusion fly
in giant flocks up to the sky.
No place of safety now to stand,
they swoop and flounder, a terrified band.

Bodicote fields - joy to come

fields – joy to come

No more will birdsong greet the morn,
robbed of habitat, their silence, forlorn.
And larks’ sweet voice no more will raise
their chorus clear in hymns of praise,
ascending, and crescendoing
triumphant music on the wing.

Daily walkers’ expectancy
of pleasant scenes, no more to see,
but disappointment will meet their gaze,
crestfallen, dispirited with thoughts of rage.
The healing balm no longer there
to lifts their hearts, its grace to share.

Jenny Glynn

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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