And So On

Ok after yesterday’s unqualified success I thought well it’s worth another go. I like to live a fairly isolated life some say unsociable but it is the way I like it. There is a poem that illustrates the joy that can be had being alone and at peace with the world. Perhaps you would care to see it, then again perhaps not.

IN PRIVATE.

Sitting on the riverbank I’m so lonely,

But it is my own choice,

I revel in my private peace and solitude,

Humans and the troubles of the world,

Seem so very far away,

I cast out eager glances,

Seeking to observe our natures gifts,

A flame red squirrel dormant yet alert,

Sits erect within a gnarled full leafed oak tree,

A two tone heron, proud statuesque

Standing among the rich green reeds,

Searching for the vulnerable trout,

Basking lazily in the sun kissed rivulets,

The pneumatic action of the dipper,

Consuming water fleas at the river edge,

Our peace is destroyed as the hooded crows descend,

Fighting, screaming in the treetops, scavenging on the ground,

Causing my silent welcome companions to disappear,

To search for oh so private peace,

And escape the mockery of life,

Their enthusiasm and achievement,

Will lift the soul of hope,

I’m now alone again thankfully,

The crows have flown to leave,

Just me: and an oak leaf floating silently by.

Take care any reader. Cheers for now Dave

Hello

All this is very new to a simple soul so for my first entry I will be brief. Any comments good or otherwise are welcome. I am male Married and closing in fast on 73. I live in England and follow a few pursuits. I write a bit of Poetry for my own enjoyment If any readers enjoy my ramblings then that is a bonus for me.

So I will press on with Hello

Gentle early morning Spring rain ceases,

Wild Bluebells sway discrding droplets,

Dawn chorus? it has yet to sound,

Wildlife remains in invisible slumbers,

There is wonderment in stillness,

Safety in the quietness,

A trusting hedgehog peeks,

We say hello.

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