Uplifting walk

into the woodland

I stepped

from the west end

of the mile tunnel

on Leeds/Liverpool canal

at Barrowford today.


Saw willow

and holly

and oak

and beech

all still in delicate

pale shades

of spring

holly excepting


the slanting sun's rays

filtered through

boughs and branches

shone on

blue bell soldiers

in sparkling sapphire uniforms

standing to attention on

a verdant carpet

woven of grass


flying from

branch to branch

and tree to tree

I saw

blue capped blue tits

black capped bull finches

with radiant

red waistcoats

black and white

feather crowned jays

with blue and white wings

and the olive brown song thrushes

wearing spotted waistcoats


the different birds

formed a choir

and sang praises

of the sun's

smiling presence

I'm convinced

I saw

a conductor signal

and heard

the soldiers respond

by ringing

their bells silently

thus embellishing

the bird song


uplifted by

magic of the

blue bell woodland

I returned home


and contented



◄ Life and death companions

Face to face with gentle giants ►


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Hannah Collins

Sun 17th May 2020 20:23

A journey through nature.
All the beauty and appreciation is there.


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M.C. Newberry

Sun 17th May 2020 15:49

A welcome reminder that, to reverse an old saying: in death there is life! Some fine lines. I particularly like the "blue bell soldiers in their sparkling sapphire uniforms standing to attention on a verdant
carpet woven of grass". Your walk certainly wasn't wasted - for you or for us!

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Abdul Ahmad

Sun 17th May 2020 10:47

Alive_sunflower and Master po

If only we can afford ourselves time to "stand and stare" beauty around us reveals it self.

Thank you both taking a detour and offering such generous and constructive criticism.

It is much appreciated.


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Sun 17th May 2020 08:33

Hi Abdul

What a sojourn this is. Beautiful.

Take me with you wherever you go and tell me what I'm missing... what I am too blind to notice, to deaf to hear.



Sat 16th May 2020 22:34

A perfect landscape to enjoy and sooth the blues..
Thanks a lot

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