SO HOW DID WE GET TO HERE ?
WISH I’D WRITTEN THESE
All original writing
2014, 2015, 2016,
2017, 2018, 2019,
2020, 2021, 2022,2023
Dr Ian McLauchlin
THE GOOSE AND THE COMMON
17th Century folk poem
The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.
The law demands that we atone
When we take things we do not own
But leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who takes things that are yours and mine.
The poor and wretched don’t escape
If they conspire the law to break;
This must be so but they endure
Those who conspire to make the law.
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back.
For more information see https://web.cs.ucdavis.edu/~rogaway/classes/188/materials/boyle.html
22 august 2023