SEASONAL PLACES

Written by: Sidney Beck

SEASONAL    PLACES


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:
Gateshead.


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Notes

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.