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Published: 11th April 2021

Image of The Thames 'Source Stone' courtesy of Keith Pauling

This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "A STRAND (1066)" Poetry Contest.

The official source of The River Thames (UK) lies in a remote Gloucestershire meadow on the edge of the small village of Kemble in The Cotswolds.

'The Source Stone' to The North Sea is approximately 229 miles


On the outer edge of Kemble there’s a stone upon the green Where a spring becomes a trickle in a pond. It seeps and then it flows under bridges as a stream Towards the narrowboats of Lechlade and beyond. There is peace and so much beauty from The Isis* to The Thames Winding dreams around the spires along its course. It flows on through The Tideway 'til its journey finally ends At The North Sea many miles from its source. * The Isis is an alternative name given to the River Thames from its source in the Cotswolds until it is joined by The Thame (a Thames tributary) at Dorchester in Oxfordshire - after which it is more generally referred to as The Thames.

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Date: 5/14/2022 1:37:00 AM
Congratulations on your win! Imaginary and a great one! Have a great day Gary!:)
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/14/2022 1:49:00 AM
I certainly will have a great day Komal - thank you - you too.. and thank you, for your great comments about my poem. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/6/2022 1:35:00 AM
Gary congrats on your win!;)
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/6/2022 2:03:00 AM
Thank you Brenda! Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/5/2022 12:20:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. A "Lovely" write. I enjoyed this write/picture and added information. Have a blessed day/weekend.............
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/6/2022 1:49:00 AM
Thank you Paula. I was in danger of making the background notes to the poem longer in length than the actual poem itself so I stopped when I did :) Thanks for the visit. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/5/2022 10:33:00 AM
So beautiful, Gary. I recall our visit to the Cotswolds many years ago. It was a lovely driving trip Deb and I took from London to Moffett, Scotland via an overnight in Wales. You made me want to return.
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/6/2022 1:46:00 AM
Thanks Milt! We love the Cotswolds and Burton on the Water in particular. That sounds like on long drive to me - glad you enjoyed it. Enjoy your holiday! Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/12/2022 11:38:00 AM
Ah, Gary, you make me miss England!!! Congrats on your win, mate
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/12/2022 12:13:00 PM
Thanks L. J. If you miss London (You either love or hate the place) then have a quick glance at these short poems if and when you find the time: they are among my own favourite writes. Read you soon and Cheers - Gary https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/london_town_primrose_hill_1350736
Date: 1/11/2022 8:23:00 PM
Vivid depiction of the landscape. Congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/12/2022 12:10:00 PM
Thank you Christuraj. One day I'd like to walk the Thames Pathway. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/22/2021 8:36:00 AM
Beautiful, serene scene you described.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/22/2021 10:34:00 AM
Thank you Julie for your equally beautiful comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/19/2021 11:52:00 PM
Your lyrical poem sings of the natural beauty of the area Gary. I really like the way you write. Congratulations. Blessings
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/20/2021 3:49:00 AM
Thank you Connie. The journey from the meadow in the village of Kemble in The Cotswolds to The North Sea is approx. 215 miles. I had difficulty narrowing those miles into eight lines so I'm really pleased you like the poem. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/14/2021 7:54:00 PM
Love your descriptive rhyme. Congrats Gary!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/14/2021 10:19:00 PM
Thank you George for your lovely comments. Cheers - Gary.
Date: 4/13/2021 5:16:00 PM
Gary, this is a skillfully-written, descriptive, lovely WINNING poem. CONGRATS! Janice
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/14/2021 1:38:00 AM
Janice, thank you. I've finally arrived at a point where I'm totally happy with it - at long last! :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 11:18:00 PM
Ah yes Gary,the tidal Thames from Teddington,have spent many a boat trip thereon.My Dad received a scout medal for the rescue someone who fell therein at Kingston.
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Brian Strand
Date: 4/13/2021 2:27:00 AM
Yes Gary,a way of being in the city but without the people & cars.Press on with your series.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/13/2021 1:22:00 AM
Hi Brian! I've been on many a boat trip too. I'm one of those northerners that actually loves London with a passion. I plan at some stage to write a series of poems about it. I saw a documentary about the Thames some time back and was surprised to learn how strong the currents are. Your dad deserved his medal.
Date: 4/12/2021 6:57:00 PM
Beautiful flowing description with words of rhythm and rhyme to take us there! Lonna
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/13/2021 1:18:00 AM
Thank you Lonna! I appreciate your lovely comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 1:52:00 PM
Topical Gary Just watched a program or documentary about how water and sewerage companies are releasing untreated effluent in our river's.
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 4/14/2021 4:32:00 PM
Either way still eventually came out well in the end
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/12/2021 3:22:00 PM
Hi Christopher - Thanks for reading. TBH I was pulling my hair out over this one..I wanted to write a poem about the source of the Thames and maybe add some metaphor in there about life / faith ..at one stage I was going to write some pollution message in there too..but I didn't..In the end I got so fustrated with it that it just turned out to be a simple poem about the life of the Thames in 8 lines. The world of poetry eh? :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/11/2021 5:07:00 PM
I like the rhyme scheme here, it all comes together so smoothly, inspires a serene gentleness~
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/11/2021 11:01:00 PM
Thank you Michelle I really appreciate your comments particularly because I've been editing the poem over the last 24 hours due to not being happy with how it ends. I'm still not sure..If its changed since you first read it I apologise and hope you still like it. Cheers - Gary