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Modern Ways versa Olden Ways

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Modern Ways versa Olden Ways

First let us take our friend the horse
a noble creature who serves us well
supplying us with a source of good compost 
ferrying us here and there in fine style
pulling carts and carriages with aplume
carrying riders proudly on their backs
seldom a traffic jam and smell the pure air
enjoy the freedom to gallop with the wind

Now let us take the motor car
this guzzles fuel at an alarming rate
spewing out poisonous fumes that pollute
and if you should have a crash a tangled heap
of near useless metal is all that remains
and people torn and broken trapped inside
and the queue of traffic stretching back
maybe cars are fast but they come at a high price

In olden days the fields were much smaller
quilts against the landscape so pleasing to see
the hedgerows full of flowers giving shelter
to a host of birds, insects and small animals
the stately shires furloughing the fields
laying the lines true and straight
their leisurely pace giving dormouse time
to scuttle away and find some safety

The big modern threshers and ploughs
need far bigger spaces to work so large fields
gone the pretty quilt work, gone most hedgerows
rushing over vast areas harvesting the crops
behind them lay the dead and injured bodies
of all the little creatures unable to flee the blades
now the crows move in to feast alive or dead they eat
so yes more crops fast harvested but at a high price

In days gone by we dwelt in villages and small towns
where most if not all knew one another by name
you could safely leave your house unlocked
and your children played freely in the streets
neighbours helped one another in whatever way needed
and shared the little they themselves had gladly
street parties were times of great delight
but best of all you truly knew your friends

Sky scrappers looming towering up high
stinky lifts that break leaving one trapped
danger round every corner, its each one for themselves
rapists, burglars, murderers and plain gangsters
have a field day in the metropolis with easy pickings
here one keeps ones children safe and tucked away
concrete blocks of houses along concrete streets
everywhere you see strangers at what a high price

When one stops and really thinks about it all
are these advances really worth the price we pay
does it really matter with the vast food piles
if it takes a little longer to do the harvest
cars are all every well but wheres the romance?
the quivering flesh of an excited horse galloping
does far more for me than a petrol guzzling beast
I admit I prefer the less complicated times of yore

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 10:46:00 PM
    shadow. this is a labor of love you wrote. I can imagine how much thought you put into writing your feelings on days of yore versus our modern world. there is much to love and hate about today's world.This is just one feature that we can compare, the buildings and modes of transportation. Well done.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 11/23/2013 4:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Andrea our main problem I always think is we always want more we are too acquisitive for our own good ty for reading Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 11/22/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Shadow, i like the modern ways.. I don't think I'd adjust to the olden ways... :),, enjoyed this mighty thought .. One of your best, you raised many different ways life has changed to worse. clever write.. LInda

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 11/22/2013 6:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Linda I have lived both in the lap of luxury and in places full of the direst poverty yet I far prefer a simple life style lol ty for your lovely comments Shadow x smile hug