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NaPM 2016 Day 16

Topic 16: Write a palinode retracting a view you wrote about earlier this month. Form : any

Line requirements: 8 lines or more


The name seemed so exciting: Come By Chance a promise of adventure and romance come west and watch the million stars that dance: it's heaven. We sold our city house. Here land is cheap; we thought we'd plant a garden, run some sheep and take it easy, maybe even sleep til seven. The day we signed the contract, there was rain, the creek was full and all across the plain spread greening;

we both surveyed our magic land and sighed, sipped tea and then I set about inside to cleaning. A hundred sheep we bought, and all were dead by winter; and inside our produce shed was sorrow.

No drop of rain was seen again that year and we expect the bankers to appear tomorrow. They wait for folk like us, who think we know how farming is from television show or novel;

in cities, dodging weather is a game, but here it kills. Now we admit our shame and grovel. The bankers have a buyer, we're in luck -- a coal seam gas man -- fracking, what the fuck? Those thieving --

Now darling, don't get too wound up, it's true they're scum, but what's it got to do with you? We're leaving.

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