poet Ernestine Northover

Ernestine Northover

A Kettledrum's Arena

There is gorse, of course, and furze growing across the moor.
The oak and ash are there in grouped confusion.
Tousled roaming horses, search for sources of grass, mature,
And the hawthorn and elm, remain standing in seclusion.

Brilliant sunshine burns, and turns the heather, distinctly bronze.
And tumbling brooks sparkle exceedingly, in its glow.
Misty mornings descend, and they befriend the drying fronds,
While natural springs freely bubble and gently flow.

Birds invade this space, and race each other o’er the fells,
Crying and squawking in the fresh clear air.
The scene becomes, a kettledrum’s arena, where music dwells,
And swift and sprightly ventures out the hare.

With ears alert to danger, he’s a ranger on this earth,
But a fine and nimble creature in his guise.
Here one can measure, nature’s treasure, beauty of such worth,
And then again, there is the owl who’s always wise.


© Ernestine Northover

Poem Submitted: Monday, July 23, 2007
Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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  • David ThreadgoldDavid Threadgold (10/19/2008 11:15:00 AM)

    Hi Ernestine. If I hadnt seen your name with this I would have known it was you, a true lover of nature seems to somehow have a distintive signature, and you have signed this one so well.10/10 Kindest Regards Dave T

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  • Mick LawMick Law (4/2/2008 5:34:00 PM)

    The Yorkshire moors - you took me there and dropped me off for a while, and it felt so good - thankyou

    Mick

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (2/27/2008 2:39:00 PM)

    A wonderful, descriptive poem. You have a real eye for detail. Andrew x

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  • Daphne Grant (2/14/2008 5:26:00 PM)

    hello Earnestine: The new Forest springs to mind as I read it. Some very intersting turns of phrase and alliteration here. Well done

    Daphne

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  • Ivor Hogg (8/22/2007 2:16:00 PM)

    Beautifully descriptive of the open country I love. I used to roam the high moors when I was youg and strong Now I must rely on memory and poetry too stimulate scenes from the pasr

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  • Raynette Eitel (8/3/2007 5:42:00 PM)

    This truly sounds like Longfellow...and seems a departure from your usual fare. I like it very much...I would love to have a painting of this one. It is rich in tone and imagery.

    Raynette

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  • Duncan Wyllie (8/1/2007 10:49:00 AM)

    I can't remember a single occasion when I have read something by you that I didn't enjoy
    Oh..I know why that is...Because you're BRILLIANT! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    Love duncan X

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  • Daniel Tyler (8/1/2007 8:20:00 AM)

    The first poet I thought of when I read this was Henry Longfellow. The flow and purity of this piece subconsciously evokes him at his best. I love all of your images but the final line stands out especially well:
    'And then again, there is the owl who’s always wise.'
    It says so much about the wisdom and order in nature. A delightful poem.

    Dan
    xxx

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (7/25/2007 1:17:00 PM)

    Oh, what a brilliant comment from CJ - he really put his finger on it there! Ernestine this is astounding. We can visualise it indeed..... atmospheric and so incredibly and serenely and intricately depicted. One of your finest if I may say so, IMHO. t x

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  • Cecil (cj) Krieger (7/24/2007 5:35:00 PM)

    You are an artist who paints wonderful pictures with a pen! AMAZING! !

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  • Patricia Gale (7/23/2007 8:02:00 PM)

    Outstanding imagery Ernestine, reading it was like looking at a movie screen, well penned work!

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  • Emma Johnson (7/23/2007 5:57:00 PM)

    A well-written piece with the accustomed expertise in nature description. Susie xxxxx

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