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View from an English Hill, 2001

I stand upon the wooded hill, and gaze

At barren grove and empty field around.

The distant trees are wreathed in smoky haze,

The singing of the birds the only sound.

On every side I see the pastoral green,

Bereft of woolly flocks and lowing herds,

The pity and the pain of this bleak scene

Move tender hearts more deeply than do words.

When men with guns and hard officials came

Obeying cruel laws from far away

They sank the human race in woeful shame

By taking lives of innocents that day.

Yet they shall meet their victims when they die

Who’ll look at them and wordlessly ask Why?

G & D Jones

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