Melodic Memories

Tune: Ash Grove

(Sent forth by God's blessing')

Adapted with permission from poem

'Meltham's Reverent Son' by Alan S. Jeeves


Away in Yorkshire's bounds

Within the Pennine Hills

A piece between the valleys and the rivers

Obscure in Yorkshire's grounds

With ghosts of ancient mills

In every way the ambience delivers

To live there as a child

Amidst the moors and woods

To thrive within a place where nature nurtures

To learn Nurtura's truth

And thankful for her goods

To worship in the many parish churches


To sing beside the choir

With family and friends

To be there and to be stronger than the test

To range within the flock

And then wind back the clock

And envisage how your bygone days were blessed

To win your daily crust

Continues your story

Governed by so many salient factors

Bestow family's trust

Where there craftsman's glory

Applying special skills creating tractors


But die of life was cast

As often is the case

The font of man's employment peeléd its knell

The good days did not last

Disappeared without trace

Hark, the tolling of the futile, closing bell

Though from ashes of past

A reflection remains

To celebrate the rich gemstone in the hills

A time when now, at last

Poignant thought one retains

Everything, all that anamnesis instills


  • Alan .S. Jeeves

    Very nice too Steve. Nice choice of words if I may say so.
    I have a friend, a minister, who has an ash grove in her garden, although she prefers to call them rowan trees ~ Ah well!

    Kind regards, Alan

    • orchidee

      Thanks Alan.

    • Michael Edwards

      I can see the scene as this is played - Mandi Berles reaches out waving her arms and joins in - does Fido join in?

      • orchidee

        Thanks M. Yes, Fido too! lol.

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        GOOD EVENING UNCLE STEVE ! Busy Sunday we are just catching up with MSN. Memories are made of such as THIS ! Love the iconic Tune & the POEM ! I (BRIAN) lived in LEEDS for a few Years and the poem invokes many Memories of the West Riding ! Thanks for sharing !

        Blessings & JOY to YOU & YOUR HARASSING HOUND !
        Love in the Spirit BRIAN & ANGELA ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’š

        • orchidee

          Thanks B&A.

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