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Oh, England,

you green and pleasant land,

your beauty never ceases to instil

a calmness in my hands.


A sense of peace; contentment

within my wandering mind,

a fulfilling feast for longing eyes

that seem always looking behind.


The golden greens of your pastures

covering long and rolling hills,

the succulent scent of your flowers

tickling senses to smile at the thrill.


Ancient forests of lofty bark

so old and yet teeming with life,

bountiful branches that dance in the wind

telling tales of old in their sighs.


Striking coastlines and high cliff-tops,

some sand and some chalky white,

to the weary traveller returning from abroad,

an uplifting and welcoming sight.


As I travel this wide and wonderful world

through deserts of soft sand and snow,

towering mountains and valleys so rich

there is something that says “Time to go!”


For deep in my heart lies a longing

to return to the land I call home,

for she lies in the beat of my aching heart

no matter how far away I may roam.


I will always return to England;

to this green and pleasant land,

may I ever reside in her warming embrace

till the day that we walk hand in hand.



Written by Darren Scanlon, 2nd August 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.





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Darren Scanlon

Mon 3rd Aug 2015 21:54

I must admit, Stu, when I wrote that line and read it back to myself, LOTR came to me as well.

Its true that she has a lot of illnesses eating away at her at the moment but I truly believe that she will prevail and one day show her full beauty to all those who appreciate her.



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Darren Scanlon

Mon 3rd Aug 2015 21:52

She will always be beautiful to me. Thanks so much for your kind words, MC.

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Stu Buck

Mon 3rd Aug 2015 19:54

love the image of trees telling tales with their sighs. reminds me a lot of the ents from l.o.t.r but that's just me...
i have to agree with m.c, its nice to have a bit of appreciation for old blighty. it has a lot of problems, but it also has some fantastic countryside and lovely people. and a belting sense of humour.
i have traveled a lot, and while it was a wonderful experience, i always feel comfortable here. having said that, i do live in a rather spiffy part of the u.k so i have good reason to praise it.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 3rd Aug 2015 16:50

Refreshing to find some words of real love and praise about
this often criticised under-valued country of ours.
And topped with a really evocative photo of what is so
fondly remembered about its enduring - but increasingly threatened - charms, bringing to life that magical phrase
"Over the hills and far away".

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