When I was young and in my prime
my tuning in to nature was sublime
reason being, my father said
you can be at one, in your head.
Now this did not make much sense to me
As boys rock and roll was all I could see
making haystacks cutting turf
bored me for a better word.
But time does pass thee
and wisdom dawns
the hay ruck smells, the dirty hands
make me yearn for the good old days
care free, laughter, glowing meadow.
The primroses they were everywhere
sweet to eat and sweet to smell
buttercups, daisies, copious blue bells
fill thy nostrils, the nature I now yearn.
Childhood memories of long ago
filled with longings, the stories flow
how the weather was told by the crane
was it up the river, or going down again
up for trout the dry spell was here
hay to be cut, turf to be won.
Then came the time of new government grants
cut down those hedges, drain the fields, make large
But where will birds go, my father declared!
No place for sheltering, from storms and gales.
Despair at the prospect, the yellow machines
covered the landscape, digging the drains.
My father's face was sunken and sad
At the thought of his cattle, on his small bit of land
No hedges, to stand under, no wildflowers to see
Depression hit hard for the beast in the fields.
Time has now passes, the return of the grants
Full circle we go, planting even flax!
My father is long dead but I still remember
his announcement to me, "they will regret it, you will see!".
But as I write this small piece of prose
I dedicate it to those
Who believed in nature, understood the events
of pulling out hedgerows, disturbing wildlife
The small little creatures, frogs, squirrels and bees
Can once again flourish, in our little Fermanagh fields.
Now the hay ruck is making a come back
Sitting proudly for show in the Monastery plot
Cultivating wildlife, wildflowers the lot
So lets support the Hay Heads, Horrah!
Join in the planting, sew seeds, make a difference
for our wonderful planet, needs your input and pride
Where wildlife can flourish,
Go with the Hay Heads and make hay, today....