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childhood

Childhood.
I read, in a newspaper, with following black white &  photo  
of children used as slave labourers many years ago, I was
one of them, but I didn’t share the misery described. 
I was sat with my little suitcase on a bus that trundled through
a flat landscape, told to sit there until a man called my name. 
It was a small farm and the farmer’s wife gave me a thick slice
of bread with strawberry jam on. Then I was shown my room
 a tiny loft span with straw mattress and it was bitterly cold. 
I started work at six next morning, with a glass of milk and
a slice of bread, my job was to muck out the cows shed shuffle 
the residue down a hole in the wall, the manure was later used
 fertilise the land. School was every other day and a bit bothersome
till I hit one of my torments with a brick over his head and poise
 of fear was restored. I quickly got the hang on the farm work, 
got on well with the farmer and was spared the dirtiest work.
 Years I spent on the farm, but then my mother came home from
sanatorium I wanted to be near her; apparently it was not legal 
to just leave like that but I left anyway. One day many years later, 
feeling nostalgic I went back to the farm, it wasn’t there anymore, 
had been turned into a housing estate. Poverty, struggle, need and
 were all forgotten incidental as life itself, but I owe it to them, 
after me there will be no one left to tell the story 

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