Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our Time in Lindal 1969-1983 — Gladys Hobson

Our Time in Lindal 1969-1983

Sixteen years of village life,
So many changes we have seen

In brick and stone, and mortal flesh
Time for a boy to become a man,
For a youth to grow in wisdom
And strong men change to weak.
Time for many friendly souls

To take their leave of earthly things
Having left their mark in village lore.

Sixteen years since first we came —

Townies in a rural place:

“Takes thirty years to be accepted.”
Half that time has passed away
But villagers with roots going deep

Into Lindal soil and Furness ore
Faithful members of the church
Keepers of the rural scene
Have not withdrawn a hand of friendship.
Sixteen years, now we move on —

With sadness yes, but thankful too

For all that Lindal’s given us.

Thankful for the friendships made
The cheerful smiles, acknowledging waves,
And nods of recognition.
Thankful for the time and space

To move and grow, explore and be,

Thankful for acceptance.

Church photo used by permission of Neil Fleming

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