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Across the River Thames

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Across the River Thames

The mist in Regent Gardens air
awakes a single rosebud there.
Her scent drifts past Trafalgar Square -
England’s summer has begun.

The rising sun above the Thames
shines brighter than a crown of gems;
peeks through the panes of Buckingham
until the day is done.

Saint James Park invites the dawn
as sunbeams nudge the regal lawn.
Grass blades spread their arms and yawn:
"Good Morning, Summer day!"

Big Ben chimes a fond embrace
whilst daybreak warms his noble face.
Tower Bridge can sense sweet grace -
Summer’s song is on Her way.

Chiffchaffs adorn the royal parks
as children’s voices trill like larks.
Blooming dogwoods deftly bark
in praise of Summer’s song.

Purple lilacs perfume the breeze.
Lombard's merchants aim to please.
Harrods unfurls green canopies 
to shade the heated throng.

Piccadilly Circus burns so bright.
Vibrant neons illume the night.
A merry moon beams with delight -
enthralled by Summer’s spell.

Bells of St. Paul sing me goodbye,
as o'er the River Thames I fly.
My heart begins to sigh, as I
bid my London Summer - farewell.



Inspired by:
Summer Enchantment Rhyming Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Karen Neary

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  1. Date: 1/12/2010 12:00:00 PM
    Beautiful imagery.

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 9:24:00 AM
    Good to see you featured, John. always a reading pleasure. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 7:16:00 AM
    Hi,John! What an inspirational poem this is! You describe London in all its majestic beauty with profound sentiment...sorry you had to say farewell to this beautiful European city. I love the athmosphere, the feeling and the choice of words! I don't think this contest has been judged yet, and with a fervent wish, I hope it will be a winner! Love,happiness, hugs and admiration. Warmest Regards, Andrew.

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 2:00:00 PM
    Many congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week John >> James

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 10:59:00 AM
    UNTIL NOW, I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE. THANK YOU FOR THE INCREDIBLE SECENIC JOURNEY, JOHN. LOVE, LAINIE

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 5:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 11:53:00 PM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week John.Rgds Brian PS Well said in your recent blog

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 7:00:00 PM
    What a wonderful poem! The imagery is out standing; makes me want to visit in the Spring. Congratulations on being features. Well deserved.

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 6:32:00 PM
    Congratulations John well deserved feature,. Sincerely, Moses

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 5:21:00 PM
    John ~Congratulations on your clever historical piece I feel like took a trip to England! Laura :)

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 3:16:00 PM
    Hi John, Congrats on your amazing feature poem this week! Love the rhyme!!Very well deserved as always. Truly enjoyed reading your poetry again. Happy New Year! Good luck with all your new adventures in the big city!Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 1:20:00 PM
    So happy to have another chance for a glimpse of your wonderful features from the past, dear John! Congratulations on this lovely look of England's jewel, appearing on the featured page! And thank you for your kind comment on the Soup stirring blog! Such a compliment. And wow...your blog got a great feed-back...seems to have gotten the job done:) Hope your new adventures are happy ones!! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 11:31:00 AM
    Many congrats on your feature this week. Rgds Janette