A GOOD OR BAD PAST

A ‘GOOD’ OR ‘BAD’ PAST?

Pleased I am that born I was when I was
A time when even though war threatened, and, did occur
Real freedom did exist, or, the alternative was not recognised
Poverty was rife but was borne with the belief in community
Never was there the expectation of improvement by government intervention
For every inconvenience which did, or might, blight aspects of our lives
‘Get on with it’ was a regular cry and no one argued.

Curtains twitching at the windows of ladies accused of being nosy
But, an anxious mother could rely on neighbours knowing
The whereabouts of children who might otherwise go missing
Oh!  Why is it not so now
The TV located in a room distant from that front window
Or the laptop, or mobile phone requiring rapt intervention
Has society lost it’s caring attention
Or, has some insidious society undetected slipped into our lives
With the apparent intention of dividing us one from another it strives

Pleased I am that born I was when I was.

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jack purvis

Sun 18th Dec 2016 17:00

Cheers Mark. thanks for the comment. It's nice to know something is appreciated.
Pip pip

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 16th Dec 2016 16:47

Hear-hear, Jack Looking back myself as a "war baby" who
grew up in the real austerity of food rationing and an
absence of the all-embracing safety net of social support,
I recall my mother going out to work late in life during her
second marriage after bearing 7 children to a prematurely
dead husband (my own father) and being happy to
continue until made redundant through age. I have no
memory of talk of hardship...everyone seemed to be in
the same situation in our neck of the woods and life
was lived without either great expectations or over insistent complaint. We really did just get on with it!
PERHAPS THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE WAS THAT
THEN WE LOOKED OUTWARDS WHEREAS TODAY THE OPPOSITE SEEMS TO BE THE CASE.

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