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The Turning

The year has finally yawned and turned Upon a half-revealed shoulder. A vibrancy, intrinsic to a reemerging Enforcement of the strengthening light, In its deliberate and unconcerned Way, heightening, with increasing vigour, Each new days new made morn. From out of the kitchen window I spot a Cautious speckled-breasted Thrush busily Occupying itself with the practicalities of My soaked-through and unkempt lawn; Hopefully a chance of an unearthed grub Or careless worm. What was once submerged in a slumbering Drowse Of seasonal disrepair Now begins to gently stir ...when, of course, favourable conditions thus allows. The first scrambling moil of enchanting White Snowdrops sprouting, mostly Unnoticed, through the dark leaf molds Blackened surrounds. For one who looks: all the subtle Indicators in shy abundance everywhere. Soon the sparse and tentative spills Of bulbous Crocus, faint Primrose, Vigorous Forget-me-nots. A crowding of Lavishly painted Daffodils; They appear, uninvited, on our neatly Tendered roundabouts and embankments, Invading unruly verges alongside Narrow roads flanked by the emptied Whitethorn hedges; a safe haven in the Returning Springtime allowing all manner Of varied flora and fauna to thrive. This gradual awakening. Firstly in the Valleys; creeping ever upwards; unto Steep Vales and distant hills:- Here a thawing of the stiffened and Spiky grasses; Encouragement for an intermingling Entanglement of Sorrel, Tormentil and Butterwort to propagate between Yellow-spotted lichen rock. Further onward yet, steadily climbing -- Then the sweeping moorland displaying Her quilted and patchworked masses Of purple Heather; A windswept moors desolate beauty, Its perfect isolation, surpasses All I have ever known...almost as if Grinding time haltingly pauses and begs To dally like slow and patient shadows Falling over the fingerless face of a Sun-dials chimeless clock. Yes, the year has now reluctantly awoken. Only yesterday, out of the unattended Confines of the marbled fields, I heard Spoken The introductory contentions of the "Golden-Beaked Herald"; thence Proceeding to enthusiastically warble, With much determined pomp and brazen Audacity, Above those tilted slabs when perched Upon the barest branch of the graveyards Old Cherry tree; It were as if he was compelled to show, Feathered throat widely open, His complete unruffled soul before the Indifference of the whole ignorant World! That ageless song...nearly, I wager, as Ancient as those retreating, elusive notes From the pipes of immortal Pan. Whilst, summoned from within that Ouzel's sonorous melody, which sweetly Unfurled Over a crisp, hammering stillness, it Seemed to be, in that short duration, He desperately hurled His fullest repertoire...for the Consideration of one unworthy man.

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Date: 10/22/2019 12:31:00 PM
What can I say that has not already been said kind sir?;) except read it to me john you know I love that!;) kisses
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Date: 4/15/2018 4:54:00 PM
John, You have single handedly made spring come aliv e for me. Your poem is such a gift as this spring has been so cold, and cloudy and almost songless. Thank you for making me breathe in spring and believe it will come again! Here's to spring across the pond... Cheers and warm wishes for the reawakening of the world we all live in. My best to u always Kathy
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Date: 6/18/2018 2:35:00 AM
Thank you again, Kathleen...you know of course you are always very welcome here. My very best to you, Kathy...as always. :) john
Date: 4/11/2018 2:56:00 PM
John, your poetry out-brights the dawn! Your sumptuous lovely lexicon leaves me breathless my friend. I am compelled to put this royal beauty into my faves! : ) xxoo
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Date: 6/18/2018 12:48:00 PM
Hi, Connie. Please allow me to apologize for the lateness of my reply...I have only just now managed to nearly catch up with all my unanswered comments. In all truthfulness I lost the greater part of my interest in poetry earlier in the year; I think I was just totally drained after a mega hectic Christmas...I am a postie and work nights. Anyway I am feeling a lot more refreshed now and quite invigorated. Many thanks...and my very warmest regards. :) john
Date: 3/22/2018 6:04:00 PM
I love your poetry John. It's pure bliss to me. "Its perfect isolation, surpasses All I have ever known..." Love that line! You have such a way with words - this is elegant and the imagery is as vibrant as ever. "for the consideration of one unworthy man" - worthy as any, the one who can appreciate, observe, listen and produce such magnificent poetry.
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Date: 6/18/2018 2:38:00 AM
Hi, Laura. Sorry for the late reply. As always you have accorded me such lovely comments...please believe me when I say it is ever appreciated! My very best regards, Laura. :) john
Date: 3/22/2018 6:04:00 PM
The finals lines with the herald are awe-inspiring...my favorite moment of course, "It were as if he was compelled to show... His complete unruffled soul before the Indifference of the whole ignorant World!" I love being lost in the glory of nature. I am spellbound my friend! Always, Laura
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Date: 6/18/2018 2:42:00 AM
I have to confess...I am rather proud of the finale myself. Much appreciated, Laura! :) john
Date: 3/1/2018 7:31:00 PM
Hello John, this is a great poem. Your last verse is beautifully written. I enjoyed your last verse. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 6/18/2018 12:51:00 PM
Thank you, Darlene...and my apologies for the late reply. Best regards - cheers! :) john P.s I will be visiting your poems very soon.
Date: 2/23/2018 12:34:00 PM
Oh John, this poem is magnificent! I love it, but I am especially in love with your whole last stanza and most especially your last five breathtaking lines.. Truly thoughtful and stunning imagery moves me with awe and ease through your superb poem. Warmest wishes always my friend. ~Susan
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Date: 6/18/2018 1:16:00 PM
Thank you, Susan...you are very kind to say so. I always enjoy receiving your comments; your comments are thoughtful and concise...I can assure you I do very much appreciate your visiting my little corner of the Soup. Please feel free to pop around at any time -- you will be very much welcomed! My very warmest regards, Susan. :) john
Date: 2/20/2018 6:14:00 PM
Wow! Such vivid imagery here, John. So beautiful and I especially love that ending. We are all unworthy of nature's gifts.
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Date: 6/18/2018 1:23:00 PM
Rhoda, may I be allowed to apologize for my prolonged absence and lateness of reply. In all truth, due to almost complete exhaustion earlier in the year, I had no interest or inclination for poetry. Feel a lot better now though! Many thanks for your usual wonderful comments; I will be revisiting your corner of the Soup very soon. My very warmest regards, Rhoda! :) john
Date: 2/12/2018 9:17:00 PM
I love this John, I continue to marvel at your vocabulary, and your attention to detail, I like that this was more a narration, felt like a pbs special on Nature, top notch writing as per usual!
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Date: 6/18/2018 1:07:00 PM
Thank you, John. You have always been most kind with your elegant and generous comments regarding my poetry - much appreciated! My very best regards! :) john
Date: 2/5/2018 3:33:00 PM
This is a beautiful poem in which personification and imagery take pride of place, John! I found myself following in your steps, taking in the natural beauty that abounds everywhere. ~ Best regards // paul
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Date: 6/18/2018 1:02:00 PM
Thank you, Paul; and my apologies for not replying earlier...I confess I fell out of love with poetry for a while. Feel a lot better now though - cheers, Paul! :) john
Date: 2/2/2018 3:23:00 PM
You really do have a way with words and creating vivid imagery... this poem shows that you are well read...
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Date: 2/5/2018 4:07:00 AM
Thank you, Silent One -- high praise indeed! Much appreciated. My very best regards! :) john
Date: 2/2/2018 8:51:00 AM
After reading this mind boggling beauty, no wonder I am reminded of those romantics, Keats and Wordsworth:) Brilliance indeed, John:)
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Date: 2/5/2018 4:15:00 AM
Jo, your kind and generous words are, as always, graciously accepted...many, many thanks. My very best to you - cheers! :) john
Date: 1/31/2018 12:51:00 AM
gosh, john only YOU can make the image of a bird going after worms look so beautiful. What an elegant pen. I agree with "July Morning" You have a gift for poetic detail.
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Date: 2/1/2018 9:07:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea; and my apologies for the late reply...been a bit down of late. I truly do appreciate the warm support that people like yourself, and several others ( for instance Tommy and George) have given me over the last several years...it is very kind of you all. My very best wishes! :) john
Date: 1/28/2018 10:02:00 PM
Imagery of changing landscapes..your poem depicts in detail as season and surroundings change..lot of effort you devoted.. well done, John.
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Date: 1/31/2018 7:37:00 AM
Thank you, Vijay...your kind words are always very much appreciated here I can assure you - cheers! Your friend. :) john