From the Anthology "Poets Around Southern England 2000",ISBN 1-86226-544-5

FOR THOSE WHO LIVE,LIKE ME,IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX!

A SUSSEX SUMMER'S DAY.

This gloaming sky brings with it a Sheperd's Delight,upon which this land doth glow.

The moon rises,shines bright,on reflection,across Dew Ponds row,

Stars twinkle,like glancing eyes between lovers,

A sliver of silver cascades the sky,

A passing fox,snuffles the scents of this new night's air,

The fleeting wind races around the vines,at Bleakys Bottom!

 

The scent of Water-mint takes the air,

A dragonfly on gossamer wings,dips above the reeds,on the last heat of day,

Cattle and sheep come down to drink,

Disturbing the streams placidity!

 

The calling of a Barn-owl too its mate,causes a flurry of activity-underfoot,

Harvest mice,run for cover,through Mallow,to reach their nests,pearched upon rising corn,

They too may become prey,of the wings of death,

Once only,to see their new born's day!

 

The Ball of Fire rises,between Pillows of Downland,

Mist upon water clears,there's now warmth in this new day's air!

Dew glisterns,colours abound,creating patterns of the rainbow,upon Goats Beard,and New Lambs Down.

Bees and Butterflies hover,hesitant as new lovers,who have to part,yet long to stay,

The flowers come out,as Jack Frost loses his fight,with the lengthening day,on shortened night!

(c)Clive A Baldwin

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