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As The River Flows Along

The field was dotted with them,
Hay bales stacked high on high
With field mice and shrews making hay
Running and playing between the bales
And red kites circling overhead, waiting.
The June sun shone down casting shadows.

A large oak tree accommodating all life,
Grubs and worms weaved between its roots
Ants, spiders and beetles made super
High roads along its trunk and branches.
Birds sang their song high on the bough
And squirrels passed each other along its trunk.

Willow trees lined the banks of the river
Separating fields either side of it.
The field across the river saw rabbits
Playing in the sun between rows of
Corn, leaping and dancing without worry.

Bulrushes and toad rush lined the edge
Of the river where coots, with their shiny
Black bodies and white foreheads
Swam with Mallard ducks and their young.
The water sparkling in the sunlight
As the river flows along towards the sea.

Farm workers returning after lunch with
A tractor and trailer start loading bales of hay
Laughing and joking as they worked.
Smoke from a cigarette wafted in the breeze
And noise from the tractor floated high in the air.

Nature in all its beauty filled the air, the fields
And river as life passed slowly by as it had done
For hundreds of years when men used Shire
Horses and four wheeled carts and mice and
Shrews played in the sun between hay stacks.
The beauty of the countryside forever unchanging.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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  • Amitava Sur (4/4/2014 6:15:00 AM)

    A lovely picture of the country side was drawn in this wonderful poem.... loved it

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  • Mike Barrett (11/24/2013 9:12:00 AM)

    David, yours is a wonderful're able to paint scenes that cause one to feel that they are there with you taking it all in both with silent gratitude and the same degree of appreciation. Very well done!

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/3/2013 9:54:00 AM)

    Wow wonderful poem...Each lines so beautifully expressed that it give the complete picture of farms....
    Loved reading it....Beautiful write.

    Thank you Sir, for the Beautiful and valuable comments...Which I will always store in my Autograph...
    As well as the beautiful remarks on my poet's page....Your words are inspiring...
    I will visit next week to PH to read yours poems.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Benjamin Michael Clark (7/17/2013 7:59:00 PM)

    This is so musical and splendid. Thanks again.

  • Siyabonga a Nxumalo (6/18/2013 10:54:00 PM)

    Wooooow! What an amazing poem, great imagery in this superb poem David, you painted a picture that never leaves the mind of a reader...amazing write.
    Siya_! !

  • Heather Wilkins (6/13/2013 7:54:00 PM)

    taking us to the country side. nice imagery. a story well told.

  • Lyn Paul (6/7/2013 6:11:00 AM)

    What a beautiful descriptive write. You are certainly a great STORY TELLER. Thank you David

  • Diane Hine (6/7/2013 5:20:00 AM)

    The continuity of Nature is a comforting thought - not sure that it's true anymore though.
    Still, it's a lovely picture and poem.

  • Bobby Wynn (6/6/2013 8:02:00 AM)

    It's awesome Wood, Everything but the tick!

  • Julie Schleppegrell (6/6/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful write David. You're very talented. Have a great day

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