Saturday, December 10, 2005

Rotten Corn

The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain,
The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn
Hath rotted ere his youth attain'd a beard;

One result of the rains this summer in Romania has been the rotting of the corn - maize now, unlike the wheat of Shakespeare's day.
It is hard for all of those people who live in towns and cities to grasp the significance of this.
The corn is used for two purposes - feeding the chickens and livestock through the cold winter, and as a staple of the human diet. Bread is a luxury in many villages and there is nowhere to buy it anyway.
The traditonal wooden containers found in many farmyards, usually full at this time of year, are empty. The stalks of the maize plants are still standing - barren. Animals will have to be slaughtered, and chickens will go hungry, get smaller, lay fewer eggs.
People are going to go hungry, their diets will be limited and various degrees of malnutrition will set in.
This is the reality hidden in the words - a true horror to those who still live this life all over the world.

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