sunset aug 18 2012 1 FW

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

I fear I have lost my privacy…

No longer am I free to do as I please whenever I please, in the privacy of my own home. When once I was free to blow in the wind, unencumbered by attire or manners, free to jump up and down and run naked in the rain, I am now bound by the constraints of cordiality.

I must curtail my flight, cut my own wings, to conform to standard politeness. My spirit, now imprisoned behind the boundaries of my land, under a microscope, inspected at will.

I am a butterfly caught in a jar, furiously beating her wings against the sides, yearning to be free once again. I am a bird abruptly halted in flight, a cat robbed of its prey. I yearn for the freedom to be as I once was. I yearn for privacy lost, and maybe, never to return again.

I feel anger welling up inside my being as I gaze across the once beautiful field onto encroaching civilization. I am aghast that this could happen to me. I tried so hard to hold onto my freedom. So very hard. But to no avail…


I have neighbors.

©2014 Barbara H. Peterson

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11 Responses to “Privacy Lost”

  1. Abe says:

    Leave HD and go to solid state.

  2. OMG! I thought you were joking!

  3. PJ London says:

    This actually was a complaint to the police, about two lesbians swimming naked in their back yard.
    Came from Germany about 5 or 6 years ago. (I added binoculars, but the ladder and garage roof is true)

  4. PJ, Far be it from me to get in your business, but if you would at least invest in a high powered spotting scope, maybe you wouldn’t have to use those outdated binoculars;)

  5. Marjie says:

    LMAO PJ’s comment is hysterical and run around dare I say, *naked* all you want. Ok so when I win the lottery, We’ll make ’em a offer they can’t refuse. :-)

  6. Marjie says:

    Ok I am so sorry and in a words that just sucks!

  7. james says:

    YOU should have thought ahead and bought the property next to yours and THEN YOU WOULD NOT HAVE NEIGHBORS.

  8. Irene says:

    neighbors are not the worst thing, what is worse is the overt collection of your data by unaccountable corporations like google and the insurance institute.

  9. PJ london says:

    I, for one, am thoroughly outraged at this young woman running around dressed indecently. ( I could not bring myself to use the word N***d).
    She is a danger to the morals of the (2) young people in our community.
    I know that she lives 400 yards from anyone and that she erected a wall to have privacy but if I put the stepladder on the roof of the garage, and climb up, I can see her quite clearly using my late husband’s binoculars.

  10. Kololia says:

    Please,Don’t give into them, run naked anytime you want. It’s your property, and you have the free will to do, what makes you happy. If they don’t like it, then they can move. Don’t stop being you, or conform to their standards. You have the seniority, use it. Give them hell!
    Classic ways to get rid of them.

  11. Morning Star says:

    Communal living ….. :C /*