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The Cut

A country yearns industry
from assiduous minds revolutionary,
cities conceived with mind set and skill
yet lay insipid in the body of Britannia
those in need of life’s blood,
akin to human organs
served only; by arterial veins.

The first sod to lift an unfolding nation
the first cut the inauguration the call,
have a thought pleasure seeker
enduring men with pick, shovel, some did fall,
his sweat given freely or not as the case may be
to mingle with earth removed
or deep within copse ghyll may well be for a tree.

The Dales emptied, of its men
famine ravaged Ireland too,
drawn towards the rush of new born adrenaline
a creation of foresight
when the need for this an artery to flow
through lock, tunnel aqueduct,
transforming her virgin land
albeit out of trades of old,
an era steeped in tradition
tools an extension: of one’s own hand.

Adverse weather geography
this realm having found fame,
complexity from above, below,
the elements the environment
nothing to stand in obsessions way,
from soil to solid rock, energy sapping
clods of clay negotiated all
amidst many tongues, yet same laborious conclusion
wheeled away by the barrowman; 
horse and cart.

This precious land host to many heroes
those upon columns stand tall,
our sons live on in remembrance
a memorial for them all,
so to this symbolic structure
craved through hostile terrain,
a burly navvies sculptured cleft
within the very earth
his body one day to lay.

Oh the city Leeds, city Liverpool and those in between
the bargees upon the cut there now do dwell
living within the ideals of another time sown
but of ease it is with just a memory
conservation the historic debt on loan!

copyright Harry J Horsman 2013

Copyright © harry horsman

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  1. Date: 1/12/2014 11:53:00 AM
    I agree with my friend Shadow Hamilton. A great tribute indeed. Loved always, my friend, bl

  1. Date: 12/28/2013 8:38:00 AM
    This may be one of your best Harry. You should be very proud of this one. A poet could write for a lifetime and not write a poem of this quality. Straight to my favorites Harry.

  1. Date: 11/23/2013 10:53:00 AM
    Well done my friend! congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 6:13:00 PM
    a very powerful and patriotic write conveying the spirit that makes this land strong Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 3:21:00 AM
    This is an inspired hymn to your homeland. Very strong indeed

  1. Date: 11/20/2013 8:14:00 PM
    nice win..PD

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 7:00:00 PM
    A fine tribute Harry, much enjoyed your poetry tonight hugs xxx

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 3:54:00 PM
    I just read Mandy's version of this . SO NICE how you inspired her.

  1. Date: 11/18/2013 9:54:00 PM
    One of my favorite ones from you Harry..really enjoyed tonight...and congratulations...

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 10:52:00 PM
    Congrats for yor high placing! Remarkable how u employ arteries n veins into a poem on social landscape views. I hope u read my latest too.

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 11:22:00 AM
    socio-cutural concerns begging for answers.. very inquisitive commentary filled with thought-provoking premises... a formidable piece, harry..:) huggs

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 6:23:00 AM
    Wow, you crammed so much into this piece I don't think you can leave it without having taken something with you and it's most definitely thought provoking! Congratulations, and thakyou for sharing!

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 1:38:00 AM
    which contest was this in, I see a congrats. so CONGRATS!!!

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 1:37:00 AM
    You are a wise and knowledgeable writer, harry. And this one rings with the truth of what you know of this world. Great job.

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 10:20:00 PM
    what a tremndous write this one is Harry...a history lesson taught in a very effective have penned a masterpiece here and i see it has won in a contest...congrats for that!

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 7:27:00 PM
    harry, this is a spellbinding piece of art. Amazing work. Going in my faves...Congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 9:32:00 AM
    You keep topping yourself my friend...Absolutely marvelous tribute to your homeland and it's heroes...Ditto to Mandy and Deb's comment - Tim

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 7:58:00 AM
    fine poem,congrats on your placement

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 4:19:00 AM
    Told you it was good but it should have placed higher and as Deb says it should be printed will be xx

  1. Date: 11/15/2013 7:43:00 PM
    Harry this is GREAT, I really think you should find a local paper to print it! It's way too good to just sit here! Congrad's on your win Light & Love