Dec. 3rd – Crofts, Tofts, and the like

A Croft or a Toft,

when seen from aloft,

can often be mistaken

for a series of shapes and lines

(dating back to Mediaeval times);

those who know

are keen to show

what the aerial pictures mean;

with ridge and furrow,

from an ancient plough,

and a manor house

(that’s ‘not there now’)

dove cotes, and a pond beyond,

and all manner of by-gone things –

until soon enough we can almost understand,

how hard was the life upon the land.

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