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Published: 28th June 2021

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This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's July 12 Poetry Contest.

My wife and I recently returned to a place we often visited when we first met.


far from the madding roads and cars this green and pleasant land of ours conceals beyond its dry stone walls secret streams and waterfalls where stepping stones painted by moss lie half submerged and reach across to distant fields of eighties' skies where grazing sheep still vocalize and move away as we both pass along 'our path' through sun-kissed grass rekindling senses as it weaves (like autumn bonfires burning leaves) towards our world of yesterday: - over the hills and far away.

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Date: 11/3/2021 9:52:00 AM
I like this one. I like those unbeaten paths for us who like a little solitude along the way. I enjoyed reading this one. Your visit to my page delighted me. Sara
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Date: 11/3/2021 9:57:00 AM
Thank you Sara. As Ann and I get older and the world gets louder and faster we often turn towards walking through those fields past the secret streams and waterfalls whenever we can. Cheers - Gary
Date: 9/25/2021 2:47:00 PM
Gary, I love the beautiful pastoral, but my ears (eyes?) perked up about the "80s' skies" "...towards our world of yesterday." Your poems stir memories so beautifully. :)
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Date: 9/25/2021 3:54:00 PM
Thanks Ann. I think it helps that I have a good long term memory (my short term memory isn't so good) and when I write I put myself back in the picture, take a look around and write about all that I see around me. Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/30/2021 1:26:00 PM
Wonderful, Gary. As a lifelong fisherman, I love the countryside but add water and it’s my paradise. Your poem puts me in mind of many places that I’ve called home, particularly North Yorkshire and right here on the Isle of Wight. Think I might just read it again.... Terry
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Date: 6/30/2021 2:04:00 PM
Thanks Terry. The older I get the more I appreciate the countryside. I love finding freezing cold streams and waterfalls and just watching them flow to wherever. I'm glad you like the poem. Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/29/2021 12:41:00 PM
- Sounds like a beautiful and pristine place, Gary - A dreamy and beautiful poem :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 6/29/2021 12:50:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise :) It is but I have to say when we first visited (35 years ago) we managed to run up the very steep hillside next to the waterfall towards the tarn (lake)..it was more of a very very slow walk this time :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/29/2021 8:20:00 AM
Soft pastoral verses with pleasing rhymes to calm and delight the the mind. Lovely simplicity, Gary.
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Date: 6/29/2021 11:37:00 AM
Thank you Geoffrey. I'm so pleased you described the poem as "Lovely Simplicity"..Those words describe to a tee what I was hoping to capture with this poem. Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/28/2021 11:54:00 AM
Sounds a lovely place Gary, is it in the lake district by any chance. Tom
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Date: 6/28/2021 12:09:00 PM
It is in the Lake District Tom. Sourmilk Ghyll near Grasmere - (It doesn't sound too lovely does it?) Our 'secret' place in The Lakes - Not so secret if you count the thousands of others who must frequent there too :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/28/2021 11:19:00 AM
Ah, this is simply lovely, Gary. Enjoyed it immensely. It flowed so nicely, like the secret streams.
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Date: 6/28/2021 11:27:00 AM
Milt, it's always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you. I almost didn't post this thinking it a little personal for others' tastes..but..hey..I'm so glad I did. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/28/2021 10:58:00 AM
Great imagery. Wonderful memories of yesteryears. Such memories are never forgotten. Lovely poem. Enjoyed reading
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Date: 6/28/2021 11:03:00 AM
Thank you Rama. Sometimes poems just write themselves - like this one did. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 6/28/2021 10:49:00 AM
Your memories are beautifully expressed, and you must have enjoyed making more on this trip. One you will always recall.
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Date: 6/28/2021 10:58:00 AM
Hi Jenna. Thank you for your lovely comments. We may change. The world may change - yet some places don't change at all..Well.. other than the car park charges :) Cheers - Gary