Dowlish Wake

Up the road we drove,

Bushes each side of us

And then we were there.

Into the car park we came,

There in front was the pavilion,

Into it we walked,

Greeted all around.

But then it happened,

I walked out to the terrace,

And saw this magnificent view.

The lawns so green

Surrounded by the wonder,

The wonder of Nature.

The trees and bushes

Bringing delight to my sight.


We played our games

Against delightful opponents,

During the day filled with joy,

And much laughter.

A day to be remembered.


But the highlight of my day

Was that view,

I just could not stop looking

At the wonder of Nature’s canvass

Surrounding my life

With its absolute beauty.


  • dusk arising

    Our own wonderful land. It's the reason why i go for my drives, to be out there taking pleasure from what fills my senses.
    A timely reminder from you to get out into the country air before the chill arrives.

    • Goldfinch60

      So true d a, being out with Nature is so wonerful.


    • Doggerel Dave

      Had to Google Dowlish Wake....... I wish you wouldn't do this to me, Andy - I may have been in Australia for a long time now, but I still have feelings for the Old Country, you know....It looked great, plus croquet - you almost make me envious (no, correct that - you DO make me envious - for a little while!)
      Lovely nostalgic write.

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you Dave. I had not heard of Dowlish Wake either until we heard we heard we were playing them in the semi-final of the South West Croquet tournament, fabulous old time village.


      • Teddy.15

        i am quite envious, i haven't seen the surroundings of england for 7 whole years now, i'm terribly homesick, Andy i adore your spirit, and i cannot believe you are still so sweet after losing, we all know it is not something you like to do, lol at least the beauty of the landscape kept you peaceful. a wonderful poem i almost felt i was there with you. x

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Teddy most kind.

          As for losing I have been playing sports all my life and always reckon that if I have played well and have got beaten it is not a problem, the other person was better. I do get upset with myself if I am playing badly though.


          • Teddy.15

            yes, ive read about it in your other fun poetry and of course i was just pulling your leg here, andy there is no better sport than you. you are one of my all time favourite poets. x

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          • orchidee

            A fine write and pic Gold.
            Erm, I'm not envious. We have rural or semi-rural areas about 2 miles from home, and a woodland about 1 mile away.

            • Goldfinch60

              It is the same for me, but this place was something special.


              • orchidee

                Ohh, of leafy lanes, and Autumn (or late Summer) strolls and views! I'm waxing lyrical now. heehee.

              • Robert Haigh

                Sounds like you had a wonderful day, Andy. Reaching the semi's of any tournament is no mean feat. Congratulations! Good choice of "Wonderful Land" to accompany your poem. I used to play a lot of Shadows tunes on guitar, before I started doing the singer-songwriter stuff. England is still a green and pleasant land.

                • Goldfinch60

                  It certainly was a wonderful day Robert.

                  As for The Shadows, the very first album that I bought in 1961 was 'The Shadows' their first album and the only album with their original line up of Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, their second album, 'Out of the Shadows', had Brian Bennett as the drummer. I still have both albums!


                  • Robert Haigh

                    I used to have both those albums on vinyl, Andy, plus several other Shadows albums. I got rid of my vinyl collection (about 200 albums and 300 singles) several years ago, when we moved into a smaller house. I now have almost 1,000 CDs (ridiculous, I know!), but I still miss the old vinyl.

                  • 3 more comments

                  • L. B. Mek

                    'The lawns so green
                    Surrounded by the wonder,
                    The wonder of Nature.
                    The trees and bushes
                    Bringing delight to my sight.'
                    this is beautiful
                    are those clouds for real?
                    so majestic and tranquil,
                    your write took me back to my football days,
                    when we would spend an entire day playing, and then just lay on the grass
                    and watch the clouds, wordlessly
                    sharing that moment of serenity...
                    a wonderful read Andy and the energy of the music goes with it so well

                    • Goldfinch60

                      Thank you Mek the wonder of Nature is always good to be with.


                    • Thekkinkkattil

                      Your enjoyment and satisfaction has been conveyed effectively beautiful Andy

                      • Goldfinch60

                        So kind TKKKK, mush appreciated.


                      • Fozzy

                        Lovely to read before the onset of the dark winter months

                        • Goldfinch60

                          Thank you Fozzy.


                        • Saxon Crow

                          You just cannot beat Britain for its natural beauty. It has everything.

                          • Goldfinch60

                            So very true SC.


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