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Below is the poem entitled SEASONAL PLACES which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Spring is found in the Lowland valleys with gowan-filled braes of Scotland
When the early-reaching flowers bloom in cool freshness,  and
The air is bracing and always new-washed-glass clean  -
With the Ochils in  the background green,
Willing us, begging us  --  Go to the heather hills, please  !
Around Ben Lomond, they perfume  the breeze
With memories of Bruce and Wallace 
And feel young in our face.

Summer is a thousand-mile southbound road trip heading
To Yellowstone through Montana and Wyoming,
With 104F degree air gushing in the vent,
And dinner in the Angel Inn, where we went
For a chicken smorgasbord snack
And a cool six pack.

Autumn is a Saskatchewan garden with leaves singing,
Tenacious against a hissing wind; and  clinging
Above the grass, feeling the snow-chilled bite,
Anticipating a coming  gown of white.

Winter is everything dead:

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Gowan = small daisy-like flower
Brae = riverbank
Ochils  = Ochil  Hills, a lovely upland part of the Forth Valley
Bruce and Wallace  = famous Scots  heroes in history
Angel  Inn   is near  Casper,  WY
Gateshead = dreadful  UK  industrial  town  - do not visit it.

Copyright © Sidney Beck

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  1. Date: 9/13/2012 5:18:00 AM
    Your poetry transports me to the beautiful countryside. I had to chuckle at what you said about Gateshead. Well, I may fly into the airport to get to Chelmsford, but that would be the end of it. This poem lures one to visit Scotland, and I will one day. A real gem of a poem you have created and I loved it!

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 12:58:00 AM
    Like this I have friends with a holiday home in the bonny land and she gets all lyrical with her Scottish knowledge. Winter sounds dire, won't try, love the poem xx

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 3:02:00 PM
    Hoping you continue to find the inspiration to write and share your exceptional poetry with us Sidney. I enjoyed reading your poetry very much today. Love, Carol