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Memories Of Youth And Nature, Were A True Blast, In collaboration with Robert Lindley

Memories Of Youth And Nature, Were A True Blast
In collaboration with Robert Lindley

Beautiful dawn a Nature walk would do one good
Across the flower filled pond, into the woods
With hearty breakfast, soul could be truly blessed
This truth, with faith love must be truly confessed
Nature has its always wonders awed this eager soul
Youth my favourite poet was always Thoreau
His wondrous verses to this happy heart did sing
And Nature's beauty, its marvellous gem did bring!

My human soul blessed to be brought to this earth
By a youth whose Mother Nature the land of birth
Summer our host along with granny and grandad
Much love and sweet nature added to what we had
With daily sun walked paths till his face would fade
Flooding memories into my heart, so much weighed
“Trees are poems that dear earth writes upon the sky”
Shall we strive to embrace love letting our souls fly?

First for me was in my childhood our old farm pond
There croaking brightly the frogs which I was so fond
Game trails across flowering meadows to the hills
When I remember, I get such delightful chills
That summer morn, with golden sun gleaming so bright
And oh my, flashing fireflies we caught that sweet night
My first little green turtle what a wondrous catch
And wild ducks how I watched their batch of eggs hatch.

I still recall the wake of dawn and cockcrowing
The sight of early bird granny her goat milking
The taste of butter and ghee from the sheep skin
My great glee shaking shookwa as my head would spin
The echo of giggles when my head did dangle
Against the far end of well, laughter would jangle
How can I forget prickly pears harvest season
Despite the stinging glochid, that was my Eden.

In June, the small critters really got to going
Down by the farm's little creek, its clear stream flowing
Days I spent going across that woody terrain
I sputter trying its grand beauty to explain
That July, I read how to a forest explore
Heart and soul set to venture to another shore
That God gave us Nature's treasures, blessing indeed
Spring its colourful flowers came from Nature's seeds.

On sunny days grandpa reaped by hand wealth of land
His back bent for hours, no whine for what he could stand
Feeding and herding sheep, one other blessing and grace
Weary were his bones gratitude wearing his face
For long serving Mother Earth reaping its treasure
A forged nature and an insight beyond measure
Glory be to God recited on prayer beads
Divine favour to an offspring of beauty seeds.

shookwa : a container of sheep skin we fill with milk then we shake for a while right and left to produce fresh butter.

"The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows...”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poet's note :

Dear Robert, so deep my gratitude to you for having kindled my soul and set the spark of your inspiring artistry..
You humbly allowed me to own the precious gems you carved out of a rich life, sharp mind, sensitive heart and devout soul..
I deeply acknowledge the beauty added to my poetic soul as I am tremendously blessed and honoured to commune with you, a highly gifted poet of remarkable humility whose enlightening and inspiring poetry never ceases to stir the mind and the heart..
Belonging to the world of words and the realm of poetry.. walking the path of great poets of inner wonder and true feelings, a deep joy and an immense honour I aspire to and you, Robert, make it true..

Copyright © Besma Riabi Dziri | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 5/4/2022 8:07:00 AM

Wow! How are you, by the say?
Date: 3/3/2022 5:14:00 PM

Oh wow, this is dynamic; powerful imagery, uplifting and reads so wonderfully; a great collaboration!
Date: 2/4/2022 12:51:00 PM

A humble hand that works the land for a lifetime, accepting the indulgences from an existence full of prayer and obedience, God is watching all the time, lovely poem, very well penned by both of you, congrats
Date: 1/20/2022 10:00:00 AM

Besma and Robert, thank you for writing this blast from the past that is a true delight to read. This is a FAV for me. A belated congratulations to you both for Poem of the Day.
Date: 1/20/2022 5:51:00 AM

Been to Robert's page and read this, just had to come and tell you, how i enjoyed the experience. So beautiful the poetry.
Date: 1/18/2022 6:00:00 AM

Besma as always my dearest soul sister, you take my breath away. Understandably this is a collaboration of two great poets but I have to say that not only are an inspiration to us all but a perfect example of a true poetess, a poetess with depth and talent, yet with a mighty humbleness, a human being of compassion and understanding who shines so bright, a star so unique who has been hand picked from our galaxy and flown to earth by angels. love to my friend Besma, Jennifer.
Date: 1/17/2022 8:15:00 AM

I'm not entirely persuaded how I overlooked this hidden treasure. What excellent collaboration this has been! I am brought back to the early days and early juveniles in a countryside locality. Besma and Robert ought to be praised. A poem of paramount significance that is entitled to be well-appreciated.
Date: 1/16/2022 10:11:00 PM

Great Congratulations Panagiotta
Date: 1/16/2022 3:45:00 PM

True kindred spirits you are in creating this soulful collaboration Besma and Robert. Congratulations on your deserving POTD! Beautiful! Blessings xxoo
Date: 1/16/2022 3:40:00 PM

Thank you my friend. That we share the childhood of being raised on a farm, so very much more in tune with Nature and affected by its beauty, ruggedness and heart sent us both on a path that led to our becoming poets and perhaps viewing this world quite a bit differently than those that never experienced that upbringing. Our collaboration expresses a veneration for Nature and what it gifts mankind as well as an even greater love for family that loved and succored us. It is an honor to share the POTD with you my dear friend. God bless.
Date: 1/16/2022 3:28:00 PM

Your words collide so beautifully, Besma and Robert. I love how moments caress memories in this wonderful collaboration. Your thoughts wrap gently around my heart. Congratulations to you both, on Poem of the Day. :) Hugs and blessings, Brandy
Date: 1/16/2022 2:10:00 PM

Besma and Robert, wonderful and congratulations on the POEM OF THE DAY honor ~friendship and poetry _Constance
Date: 1/16/2022 1:49:00 PM

Congratulations to both on POTD.
Date: 1/16/2022 12:48:00 PM

- A big congratulations on the p.o.t.d., Besma and Robert - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
Date: 1/16/2022 11:56:00 AM

A beautiful collaboration poem Besma and Robert, a wonderful nature trail you took your readers on. Congratulations on poem of the day… Belle
Date: 1/16/2022 11:53:00 AM

Congrats on being selected POTD for this wonderful collaboration, Besma, you and Robert have penned a beautiful piece. John
Date: 1/16/2022 8:50:00 AM

Dear Besma and Robert, congratulations on your POTD! Your poem is an epic tribute to the beauty that nature surrounds us with. Blessings, Paulette
Date: 1/16/2022 8:46:00 AM

Besma and Robert , congratulations on you epic appreciation of nature, family, love and gratitude. How wondrous to read and take into the heart. I love Trees are poems that dear earth writes upon the sky” Shall we strive to embrace love letting our souls fly? So very poignant and deep and soulful. Thank you for sharing this journey with us . In gratitude, Susan :)
Date: 1/16/2022 7:31:00 AM

WoW! Besma, Your and Robert penned a masterpiece. Congrats to you both for getting the poem of the day. It was well deserved. Have a wonderful day- Alexis
Date: 1/16/2022 7:27:00 AM

Un indelible memory. Plenty of twists and turns. Suspense as well. Very beautiful work. Congratulations!!
Date: 1/16/2022 6:48:00 AM

Congratulations on your POTD win. A beautiful "Memories Of Youth And Nature" collaboration. Your pens were working overtime on this wonderful write. Have a blessed day/week to come with your win.......................
Date: 1/16/2022 6:22:00 AM

Back with BIG congrats, Besma on POTD. Enjoy your day. Kudos to both you and Robert.
Date: 1/16/2022 5:39:00 AM

Congratulations on your POTD honors!!!
Date: 1/16/2022 5:21:00 AM

Wonderful memories of life on the farm, Congrats to you both on POTD
Date: 1/16/2022 5:09:00 AM

Absolutely beautiful, Congrats Besma and Robert on POTD with this wonderful Collaboration!
Date: 1/16/2022 4:12:00 AM

A beautiful collaboration, congratulations Besma and Robert on POTD!
Date: 1/16/2022 1:21:00 AM

Congrats to Besma and Robert. A poem of great magnitude to be well appreciated.
Date: 1/16/2022 12:53:00 AM

Wow.... what a lovely collaboration ....! I am taken back to my days of childhood and youth in a rustic setting ! My father though a teacher by profession was an agriculturist too... a son of the soil, just like your grandpa... working from dawn to dusk after his school hours without any complaint ! We had several cows too. Congratulations to Besma and Robert !
Date: 1/16/2022 12:33:00 AM

Back with big congratulations Besma to yourself and Robert on this wonderful collaboration. Tom
Date: 1/15/2022 6:13:00 PM

I love each prayer bead each world of faith placed just so, each word caressed and blessed, just like you, perfectly arranged, Thanks for your talent dear poetess :)
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