Friday, July 5, 2013

The convict's lament.....


I see you blue sky
Behind those bars up high
Don't think you pass me by
You are in my minds eye
Birds call as they play in a tree
What must it be like to fly free...    by P.

I'd like to take credit for the above poem but mine went along the lines of .....

Back in the day
It would be safe to say
That if you put a foot wrong
It wouldn't be long
Before behind bars ye would be :))

I'd love to read what you might come up with to describe how convicts must have felt back when simple thieving could mean transportation for seven years, or stealing something worth more than a shilling meant death by hanging. The expression 'the law is an ass' was as relevant then as it is now :)
A heartfelt TGIF, have a good Friday, take care.....Click here to view all participants of Skywatch Friday

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful skies that could be heartbreaking if you saw them from behind bars!! Ah, another incentive to behave myself!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  2. Very nice sky reflection, Grace.
    I like the red bricks too!

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  3. Hi Grace,

    we are Poets I see...
    ciao from a sunny Italy

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  4. The punishment doesn't always fit the crime does it. Why is that people in power or with money get off so easily and the rest of us...? AH! But who ever said life was fair?

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  5. Unfortunately justice is often mistaken for vengeance...

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  6. Transported to seaside and blue skies.
    That's a punishment....?

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  7. I bow to your poetic genius. It has made my day, Grace. That is a wonderful photograph too. Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend too!

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  8. The photo makes gaol look quite an attractive place. It's certainly an attractive old town.

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  9. Good shot!

    Justice, I think, is restorative.

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  10. Excellent shot - and I won't inflict my poetry on anybody ...

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  11. The so-called "good ol' days" weren't very good for a lot of people and you didn't want to get sick back then! I don't like bars on any windows although I understand there are areas where they are a necessity! :)

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  12. Nice shot, Grace! I hope to never have to look through the bas from the other side!

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  13. They probably feared jail time more then than they do now.

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  14. It's incredible to think of how things used to be. That is a lovely reflection and sky! Even better topped off by these perfect poems!:))

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  15. Haha, but I'll tell you, there are some convicts who fully deserve what they get, and more!

    Kuantan nature photos

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  16. Nice poems and a great sky!

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  17. Skywatch Friday is a great idea, Grace, and in fact I just posted a sky-pic at a friends FB-post. But just to "whine" about the summer we don´t have, whereas he posted a pic of Perth´s blue (but cold) sky...
    Not a good pic to start with!
    I´ll wait for summer...
    That poem... must´ve been tough days!

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  18. Great composition of a dramatic reality!

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  19. You are a poet as well as a photographer.

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  20. A nice skywatch, not so sombre about convects... there is a blue sky!

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  21. Today it's the opposite : even if one kills someone , one does not go to prison for very long!

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  22. BTW, the picture is wonderful!:o)
    Have a nice week-end, dear Gracie!

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  23. i take the fifth .. cant comment on past crimes .. not sure the its okay to discuss them has passed ;)

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  24. I love how you captured the reflection in the window!

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