READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 18

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This week’s poem, called Life of a Gypsy, is by Colin Clements

We are two Gypsies who travel around

To the villages and to the town

We keep to the country lane as much as we can

Our horses and wives and our caravan,

We cut Hazel branches from the nearby hedge,

To make the washing line and clothes pegs.

We help the farmers to bring in their crops

They pay us money to spend in the shops.

Now it’s time for us to move on,

The summer and autumn months have now gone.

The winter months we now face,

We hope we can find a sheltered place,

From the north wind and the snow and rain, we will be glad when it’s spring time again,

So we can help the farmers to set their crops

There is a lot of hard work growing hops.

The horse has been fed with oats and maize

And a blanket to keep him warm

To help him weather the winter storms.

When people meet us they look alarmed

But we don’t do anyone any harm

This is the life in our caravan home

So if you don’t like us just leave us alone.