David Wood

Gold Star - 12,215 Points (07 April 1950 / London)

Eviction Of A Farmer (Villanelle) - Poem by David Wood

The farm has been empty all summer long
Once a happy homestead thriving with life
Barns now empty where did it all go wrong

Only the mice play and dance with a song
Emptiness can be cut through with a knife
The farm has been empty all summer long

Deserted yards where cows did once throng
Waiting to be milked by the farmer’s dear wife
Barns now empty where did it all go wrong

Fields where cows grazed that once did belong
Now where only the weeds and thistles are rife
The farm has been empty all summer long

Squeezed by the supermarkets who prolong
The inevitable who caused all their strife
Barns now empty where did it all go wrong

A life now in ruins is their final swansong
A farm once thriving surrendered to wildlife
The farm has been empty all summer long
Barns now empty where did it all go wrong

Topic(s) of this poem: farm

Form: Villanelle


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Here in the UK supermarkets don’t pay dairy farmers enough money to cover the cost of producing their milk and dairy farmers, some who have been farming for generations, are going out of business. Mankind can live without lawyers, accountants and even supermarkets but nobody can live without a farmer.

A Villanelle is a nineteen line poem consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. There are two refrains and two repeating rhymes, with the first and third line of the first tercet repeated alternately until the last stanza, which includes both repeated lines.

Comments about Eviction Of A Farmer (Villanelle) by David Wood

  • (9/19/2015 4:12:00 AM)


    Excellently reveal the plight of the farmers and milk producers getting the lesser benefits.
    It is the same everywhere. Villanelle is super!
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  • Lyn Paul (9/12/2015 7:17:00 AM)


    Sad words of reality. Banks are taking some of our Farmers homes away. Beautifully expressed. Thank You (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 12, 2015



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