In case anyone had any doubts, Nigel Swift of Heritage Action has a way with words. I am glad he's on my side and not the collectors'. A few days ago he published a nice online response to "a pome what a metal detectorist wrote" on Heritage Journal. In it he put one of his own which I reproduce here:
The quiet man of metal detecting.Now I happen to know he has more... Perhaps out there are people creating paintings or graphics on related themes . It would be fantastic if somebody could gather them all together and publish them as a commentary on artefact collecting in aid of a good heritage cause. Any nominations for quality inclusions ? I am sure there are some artists among the FLOs. Maybe some of Phil Barker's oil paintings, where are they?
Here I lie, no longer flesh or even dust.
Yet here I lie, in signs that tell
That once there was a man
Like you. Who lived and laughed.
I am no less than you, for having gone,
Nor are my rights the less.
I am a man like you and ask
Only that my life is not denied.
Yet here you dig, in blind and selfish haste,
Smashing every clue but one
Because it glints a little
And feeds your avaricious taste.
Now, that is all I am,
That bling within your grubby palm.
What now? What will you do
To save me from oblivion?
Take it home in secret? Make it shine?
Show it to your mates with swelling pride?
Claim a right to hoard a husk of history
As if to say that history is yours not mine?