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The Dovecote

I originally wrote this poem as a Than-Bauk for a contest, but I just felt the poem wanted to say more. So here is an alternative, longer version which contains much more of what I really wanted to write in the original. It's about a hill that overlooks my hometown, Bruton, in Somerset, England. From there, you can see the whole town, the backdrop for most of my youth. I still don't live too far from there, and I find that view really rather comforting. 

FROM DOVECOTE HILL From Dovecote Hill, my thoughts spill down on drowsy mill-town streets and run the maze of alleyways where once my youthful feet traced winding paths around the huddled houses that complete this view of all I knew and loved from Dovecote Hill. The fields were loving ramparts shielding us from drifting mists of worldliness - as if this town were all that might exist, so we grew up as slowly as the silver river twists through all I see, from here above on Dovecote Hill. This frantic, anxious world conspires to see my spirit crawl and falter, courage crippled by the hugeness of it all. One sight could help me find once more the strength of being small - this view of all I knew and loved from Dovecote Hill. 8 Feb 2019 Entered 11th April 2019 for Poem of the Day contest sponsored by Richard Lamoureux. I was bowled over when this got POTD. I had had POTDs before but got some reason always with funny poems or slightly odd, throwaway poems - I had never had a more serious poem honoured. This one took me days to write and also it’s about my home town which means a lot to me. I couldn’t have been happier when this was chosen.

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Date: 5/3/2019 8:39:00 AM
You are very welcome Nina.
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Date: 4/28/2019 6:16:00 AM
This gem deserves to be on the winner's list Nina. Congratulations on your success with it! : ) xxoo
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Date: 4/27/2019 6:18:00 PM
Nina, a belated congrats on your POTD honor, as well as your current podium placement in Richard's contest. It was a pleasure to again read this awesome poem. Hugs, Sandra
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/28/2019 1:05:00 AM
Thank you Sandra!
Date: 4/25/2019 5:30:00 PM
Absolutely lovely, Nina! CONGRATS on your win. Janice
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Date: 4/25/2019 9:37:00 AM
Congrats on your win, thanks for entering my contest. This is indeed worthy of all honours.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/28/2019 1:05:00 AM
Thank you very much Richard!
Date: 3/9/2019 7:02:00 AM
Nina, I am just finding this poem now, because I have been absent from Soup - I love how you describe your town. I lived in England for a year, and your pictures made me feel nostalgic. And I admire how skillful you use the rhyme. Fave!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/9/2019 7:41:00 AM
Thank you so much Agnes! Glad it brought those memories back - they don’t call it the green and pleasant land for nothing. :-)
Date: 3/4/2019 2:42:00 PM
You know that "Follow Poet" button? I only wish I could push it again. This one caught me longing for simpler times. Well done!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/4/2019 4:11:00 PM
Bless you lovely Dean, but please don’t double follow me as I’d have to write twice as many poems, and then I’d explode - and you’d have to explain it to my mother! Thank you for the lovely comment :-)
Date: 3/3/2019 6:45:00 PM
Congrats on your number one spot on the Best New Poems list Nina! Brava! xxoo : )
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/4/2019 12:39:00 AM
Thank you very much Connie!
Date: 3/3/2019 11:53:00 AM
Hello Nina, in this poem i felt like I was on a journey. thank you for the trip. have a nice day my friend.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/3/2019 11:59:00 AM
Thank you Darlene! I very much hope you enjoyed your journey to my home town :-)
Date: 3/3/2019 8:20:00 AM
Congratulations for this well written and expressed. Well done.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/3/2019 8:24:00 AM
Thank you very much Desi!
Date: 3/2/2019 5:58:00 PM
Congratulations love your work
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/3/2019 12:53:00 AM
Thank you very much Christopher!
Date: 2/25/2019 8:23:00 AM
You look great at the TOP of the best poem chart..well deserving first place..you gave your favorite hill a voice that speaks adoringly to everyone who reads your poem.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/25/2019 8:54:00 AM
Ha, thank you Vijay - yes that hill definitely deserves a voice!
Date: 2/19/2019 8:04:00 AM
A belated congratulations on your POTD, Nina.. The view is absolutely breathtaking !! Your rhyme is so magnificently written.. I feel as if you took me there, on that journey.. Excellent imagery!! A fave for me!! Have a blessed day..
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/19/2019 8:40:00 AM
Thank you very much robertina - that’s very sweet of you.
Date: 2/18/2019 2:27:00 PM
this is a very well deserved win AGAIN, Nina. Congratulations.
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Date: 2/18/2019 4:59:00 PM
Thank you Andrea! Yeah it’s had three now so I’m putting it out to stud!! ;-)
Date: 2/17/2019 1:54:00 PM
This is so beautifully written! I could see and Feel everything you described! It had beautiful Rthym, and dips and turns that had me excited Like a young girl! I absolutely loved it! Well done!........sherilynn
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/18/2019 1:55:00 AM
Aw that’s so lovely Sherilynn, thank you!
Date: 2/17/2019 10:12:00 AM
Happy belated potd..... but I'm not congratulating you on top spot, lol move itch get out the way, get out the way btch get out the way lolllololol jokes from an impressed blokes
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/18/2019 1:55:00 AM
Ha, sorry about that but if any poem’s going to keep you off the top :-( at least it’s a poem about Somerset! :-)
Date: 2/16/2019 11:05:00 PM
Back with more congrats, Nina. Well done.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/18/2019 1:52:00 AM
Thank you Line :-)
Date: 2/16/2019 9:48:00 PM
Wow! This is a masterpiece! I was transported and transfixed. Thank you.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/18/2019 1:52:00 AM
Wow thank you very much Cindi!
Date: 2/16/2019 4:18:00 PM
Nina, such a beautifully-written tribute to where you grew up with roots planted firmly in your youth, protecting you from worldliness, and how the thought of it still rescues you and gives you strength in stressful times. Congratulations on your fine placement in the marathon contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/18/2019 1:51:00 AM
Thank you Sandra. I didn’t realise how well protected I was at the time of course! But part of it was the time as well as the place. I’m in the last non-digital generation I guess!
Date: 2/16/2019 3:34:00 PM
You have such a gift to elicit those poignant emotions from each reader and draw them to their own memories of home and dwell there for a while.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/18/2019 1:47:00 AM
Thanks Craig -glad if it had that effect :-)
Date: 2/16/2019 1:03:00 PM
Nina, I really like the progression, from looking back at the streets, alleyways and houses of your youth, then describing how the town served as a protection in your formative years, finally describing the challenges faced in this "anxious world," and how the view from "Dovecote Hill" can renew your strength and resolve. Brilliant! Congratulations on your win on Mile 18 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon Contest! Thank you so much for supporting my contests. ~Mark
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/17/2019 5:56:00 PM
Thank you very much for your kind comments Mark!
Date: 2/12/2019 10:19:00 PM
I love this lovely description of a pastoral place from your childhood Nina. Congratulations on having it honored for POTD! : )
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/13/2019 1:59:00 AM
Thank you very much Connie! I was lucky to grow up in a pretty idyllic place! :-)
Date: 2/12/2019 1:09:00 PM
An excellent "view!" Congratulations on your well-deserved POTD, Nina!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 1:16:00 PM
Thank you very much Kim!
Date: 2/12/2019 11:26:00 AM
Nina, I'm happy to return to offer my congratulations to you for POTD honors. The recognition is so richly deserved. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 12:26:00 PM
Thank you very much indeed Susan!
Date: 2/11/2019 9:39:00 AM
Lovely Nina!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 12:24:00 PM
Thank you Valerie :o)
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