Treasure Island

Marilyn Shepperson

(4th September 1949 / Hounslow. Middx)

The white farmhouse


I had left the city lights behind
Travelling far into the country
A route I'd never taken before
Parked the car and got out to walk
Bejewelled spiders lace becked every hedge
A smell of damp vegetation
In the warm, late afternoon sun
There was little bird song, only the odd one
Yet the hum of insects was everywhere
The lane curved gently. I followed it on
Till it went betwixt a farmhouse and a tree
A tall elm stood alone and aloof
Its' leaves swaying gently in the breeze
The farmhouse was white with a red tiled roof
An old wooden open barn to one side
Fat brown hens scratched in the front yard
A dozen or so cows grazed nearby
A black and white collie lay curled near the door
He opened one eye, noted me, went back to sleep
Seeming to know that I offered no threat
I just stood and drank the whole scene in
My city starved soul was born again
But tempus does fugit, as they say
To the city I had to return
Yet now as I lay in my bed, before rising
Listening to the traffice roaring past
I remember the lone tree and the white farmhouse
And it helps me get through the day.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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  • jack russell (9/13/2006 6:32:00 AM)

    A fine, relaxing free verse. I guess that anyone living near Heathrow would drink in a day in the country :)
    Best wishes.
    Jack
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  • Danny Reynolds (9/13/2006 5:59:00 AM)

    I think we may see you on 'A place in the country' soon! Till then, keep bringing a bit back with you, like this.
    Danny (Report) Reply

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