READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, February 21

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This week’s poem, called The Flood, is by Jan Parkin.

Taken by force

From a house she has known

For many years

Since she’s lived all alone

Beyond her control

Because of the flood

While her house filled with water

And cold stinking mud

She did try to stay there

In the place where she grew

When she was a youngster

And her life was so new

When the sun shone in summer

And winter came snow

When she knew all the seasons

And went with the flow

Yes it’s hard to be taken

From her cosy life

Where once there were children

And she was a wife

So now life’s so uncertain

Till the floods have diminished

And she’ll have to live on

As her life is not finished

For the forces of nature

Are so harsh and severe

Uprooting the lonely

Who are filled which such fear

So till the rain has stopped falling

Till the rivers run dry

She will patiently wait

Until Spring has come by

For then she’ll return

To the life she once knew

And be settled again

Where her cares were so few