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The view

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

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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)
Date: 2/10/2019 11:40:00 PM
A lovely evocative pastoral poem; particularly appreciated as a fellow West Country native.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 12:23:00 PM
Ah yes, us westcountry folk all have our favourite hill don’t we! Thank you Geoffrey :-)
Date: 2/10/2019 10:00:00 PM
Wonderful write Nina. Many congrats on POTD honors...Charlie
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 12:22:00 PM
Thank you Charlie - much appreciated:/)
Date: 2/10/2019 6:11:00 PM
You have taken me there, through your words. This is so beautifully expressed. Congratulations Nina, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/12/2019 12:22:00 PM
Thank you very much indeed Brandy !
Date: 2/10/2019 4:45:00 PM
What a loving tribute! Congrats on your Poem of the Day, Ms. Nina. <3
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 4:48:00 PM
Thank you Berteena, very kind!
Date: 2/10/2019 3:31:00 PM
Such a lovely penned piece Nina, Congrats on being POTD!
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Date: 2/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
Thank you Gordon :o)
Date: 2/10/2019 3:08:00 PM
A wonderful poem that is very beautiful and descriptive. Well deserving of POTD. Congratulations Nina. Best Wishes, ~ Warren
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Date: 2/10/2019 3:35:00 PM
Thank you very much Warren!
Date: 2/10/2019 12:52:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD!
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Date: 2/10/2019 12:57:00 PM
Thank you Tania :-)
Date: 2/10/2019 12:11:00 PM
Nicely done Nina...Congrats!!! on POTD!!...well deserved...love & light...^WW^
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Date: 2/10/2019 12:56:00 PM
Thank you very much Wingy One!
Date: 2/10/2019 11:48:00 AM
Hi Nina, dropping by with my congratulations on your Poem Of the Day with this excellent piece. have a wonderful Sunday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:14:00 PM
Thank you mike! I AM having a lovely Sunday! Apart from anything else I’ve had lots of nice comments on this! :o)
Date: 2/10/2019 11:12:00 AM
Very, very nice! Makes me miss England, though it was near 1/2 a century ago that I lived there. The last stanza is strong, with a truly brilliant metaphor: '...the strength of being small'. Never thought of it that way before, but you're right, Nina-- we are strong as children in ways we can never be as 'grown-ups'. A lovely, sweet poem.
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Date: 2/10/2019 12:16:00 PM
Yes I think the strength of being small is that you’re kinda self contained. Only your parents and teachers yell at you,.. when you’re bigger the whole world seems to yell at you and it whittles you away!
Date: 2/10/2019 11:11:00 AM
Congrats Nina on poem of the day..enjoyed reading your poem.
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Date: 2/10/2019 12:56:00 PM
Thank you Vijay!
Date: 2/10/2019 10:43:00 AM
Just beautiful, Nina. I adore your second stanza. Fave.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:56:00 PM
Ah thank you very much Dale! The second stanza is my favourite too :-)
Date: 2/10/2019 10:33:00 AM
Maybe we all have a Dovecote Hill. This poem touches me so to find it. Congratulations!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:55:00 PM
I hope we do, physical or metaphorical! Thank you Sunlite :-)
Date: 2/10/2019 10:29:00 AM
A wonderful write...lovely read...Congratulations Nina
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:54:00 PM
Thank you Arturo!
Date: 2/10/2019 9:29:00 AM
Beautiful, nostalgic, our memories are stained with golden time like this jewel of a poem. No wonder it was chosen POTD.
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Date: 2/10/2019 12:54:00 PM
Thank you very much indeed Phil! I had a blessed childhood :-)
Date: 2/10/2019 9:23:00 AM
My dear friend, congratulations on this wonderful poem being chosen as POTD. A fav..
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:40:00 PM
Ah thank you Robert!
Date: 2/10/2019 8:50:00 AM
Driven with the words of doves experience Well articulated poem.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:41:00 PM
Thank so much Okonkwo! No doves there any more sadly! :-)
Date: 2/10/2019 8:30:00 AM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d., Nina :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:40:00 PM
Thank you very much Anne-Lise!
Date: 2/10/2019 8:21:00 AM
Very nice POTD! Congratulations :)
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Date: 2/10/2019 12:40:00 PM
Thank you Heidi!
Date: 2/10/2019 8:02:00 AM
Congratulations Nina on POTD, very well written!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:17:00 PM
Thank you bobby!
Date: 2/10/2019 7:59:00 AM
Beautiful, Nina. A far cry from the dried up West Texas town I grew up in.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/10/2019 12:17:00 PM
Thank you Jim. Childhood will always be inextricably tied up with grassy hills and stony streets for me!
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