Squire and Peasant

I see a vanished land
Where the squire held command
Over the countryside,
Before the tide
Turned
And paternalism was spurned,
Or merely ebbed away
Ushering in a new day.

To hounds he rode
Or through his estate strode
In search of grouse or pheasant.
With countenance pleasant
Or severe
He ruled his peasants
Far and near.

Sometimes a thinker
And often a drinker
He felt a connection with the whole
Estate, his soul
Was as one
with generations long since gone.
Frequently inarticulate
He did hate
The untried
And cried
Out for the preservation of the old ways.

Nothing stays
Unaltered.
The rock-like squire faltered
As the wind of progress
That does redress
All ills, brought salvation
To the nation.
Now those who the price of everything know, hold command
While squire and peasant stand
Bemused, upon this altered land.

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11 thoughts on “Squire and Peasant

  1. nomnian

    We are the village green preservation society, god save Donald Duck, Warner Bros and variety. Preserving the old ways, for me and for you. Protecting the new ways, from being abused. What more can we do?

    Reply
    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I agree, I am all in favour of variety and heaven preserve us from a uniform world, where we walk from identikit soulless shopping centre to identikit soulless shopping centre. Of course the world changes but change is neither good nor bad, it all depends on what, precisely the change consists of.

      Reply
      1. nomnian

        Well, if you know them you’re one step ahead of most eople I know. But I think it’s a wonderfully nonsensical song. Kinda like Mother Goose by Jethro Tull. Nian

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