Thursday, October 25, 2012


The uncertainties of life
Take so much away
Nothing is given
That cannot be taken away
Feelings, dreams, comfort, love
Everything can change
Whether in a moment
Or the passing of a day
One cannot rest on complacency
Nothing stays the same
I look to the beauty of the sky
The meadows and the trees
And hope that tomorrow
They will all be there again ...

Poem - Dianne Dawes ... ♥
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Sunday, October 14, 2012


How did the Devil come? When first attack?
These Norfolk lanes recall lost innocence,
The years fall off and find me walking back
Dragging a stick along the wooden fence
Down this same path, where, forty years ago,
My father strolled behind me, calm and slow. 

I used to fill my hands with sorrel seeds
And shower him with them from the tops of the stiles,
I used to butt my head into his tweeds
To make him hurry down those languorous miles
Of ash and alder-shaded lanes, till here
Our moorings and the masthead would appear. 

There after supper lit by lantern light
Warm in the cabin I could lie secure
And hear against the polished sides at night
The lap lap lapping of the weedy Bure,
A whispering and watery Norfolk sound
Telling of all the moonlit reeds around. 

How did the Devil come? When first attack?
The church is just the same, though now I know
Fowler of Louth restored it. Time, bring back
The rapturous ignorance of long ago,
The peace, before the dreadful daylight starts,
Of unkept promises and broken hearts.

by John Betjeman  1906 - 1984

Image - The River Bure
Image - A Field Beside the River Bure
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Monday, October 8, 2012

A Pleasant Land

I often long for gentler climes
A pleasant land with pastel skies
Softest blues with clouds so white
Sunshine with a softer light
Flowers nodding in the breeze
Blooming over grassy fields
Meadows and fields filled with life
A tapestry of greens to delight
Fragrant hedgerows frame them all
Verdant vines dress ancient walls
Country lanes paved with stones
Little milestones guide the way
Grassy meadows with country stiles
Leafy groves to rest a while
Water flowing in rambling streams
Ancient forests abound with trees
Beneath their canopies
A place for dreams ...

Poem by Dianne Dawes ... ♥
Green Grassland Free Wallpaper
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