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Originally published: 8th May 2020

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This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "BRIAN'S CHOICE 6" Poetry Contest 

 1st = in "Brian Strand's Rhyme" Poetry Contest and

2nd = in B J Kelley's "A Lovely Day" Poetry Contest.


 

The footpath that stretched Out of sight until never. The parched ground and grasses When miles seemed forever. Wild garlic, the heat The nettles and heather. The bee in the foxgloves Collecting its treasure. The flies that would zizzzz Past our ears to wherever. The midges that danced In a group all together. The butterflies that zigged And then zagged for good measure. The dandelions drifting On the air at life's leisure. The photos of flora We captured for pleasure. The slow progress we made Despite best endeavour. I remember our walk. Through those woods. In that weather.

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Date: 3/4/2022 12:30:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. A wonderful walk and write in the woods. Sounds like a peaceful place. Have a blessed day/weekend...................
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/5/2022 1:25:00 AM
Thank you Paula. It was a really peaceful place. Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/2/2022 2:03:00 PM
Congratulations Gary on the high placing win of your beautiful poem! <3 Thank you for entering the contest, have a blessed day! :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/3/2022 12:36:00 AM
Thanks so much BJ. I enjoyed the contest. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/11/2021 3:23:00 PM
Excellent nature images and a delight to read! Congrats on your win, Gary! Blessings, Kim M
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/12/2021 12:46:00 AM
Thank you Kim for your lovely comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/9/2021 2:21:00 PM
What can I say Gary, simply class act, nature stripped back, to its simplest form, your so good at making it look effortless, the midges line is so perfectly described, I hate the things, but somehow you leave me longing to see them, congratulations cheers David
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/9/2021 11:28:00 PM
Thank you David. I try to make my poems instantly accessible and 'simple to read' so it is really lovely to read your comments. I like your comment 'stripped back' ..yes!! I do really like that description and to write what I see no matter how small..talking of which: the midges. A personal touch was me calling them midgies..it's how I've always pronounced the tiny blighters. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 5/28/2020 4:41:00 PM
Ahh!! Enjoyed reading your work. What is nettle over there? Over here it is a plant that stings if touched and it is very painful and itchy. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/29/2020 3:49:00 AM
Hi Sara! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. A nettle is, over here, what it is where you are: as you say a stinging plant. ...but they do make great wine :)
Date: 5/8/2020 8:33:00 PM
G'day Gary … being able to observe and understand nature when bushwalking is almost magical. I did enjoy your poem Gary - Lindsay
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/9/2020 3:57:00 AM
Hi Lindsay. Thanks for your comments from Down Under. I really appreciate them and I'm glad you enjoyed reading the poem. Cheers! Gary
Date: 5/8/2020 6:47:00 PM
Enjoyed reading this today, Gary. I liked the continuity of your rhymes. Also, the flow has a very easygoing gait to it; like a nice walk in the woods would have. Loved all your detailed imagery, then the way you broke up the. Last three lines. Was very clever. Congratulations on your win ~ John
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/9/2020 4:02:00 AM
Hi John. Thank you for stopping by and reading. It's one of those poems that wrote itself really and one that should be read slowly as that reflects how we 'trudged that day in the heat. :) I really appreciate your comments. Cheers! Gary.
Date: 5/8/2020 11:20:00 AM
This is so beautiful... That walk in the wood.. I would love to take that... The imagery you created is superb
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Date: 5/8/2020 11:38:00 AM
Thank you so much Paghunda for your lovely comments. The poem was, in the main, inspired by a walk my wife and I took along a track towards 'Greenway' (Agatha Christie's holiday home) in Devon, England several years ago on what must have been the hottest day of the year. There are also memories of walks taken as a child in the poem when a mile 'seemed forever' :) Cheers Gary