Writing 101: day 11 – “Lawn View”

Lawn view was its name, rambling by nature

Five floors and five bedrooms to boot

Croquet lawns opposite, tennis courts too

Open fires and chimneys and soot

Apple trees in the garden, climbing ones too

A pantry and stone cobbled floors

Secret passage in the attic, hiding places galore

Dark corners and Victorian doors.

Too cold in the winter, ice inside and out

No warmth save the drawing room fire

Short trouser shivers, cold naked knees

Bedtimes were dreadful and dire.

But a haven in summer when school was out

The verandah in sunshine haze

Those halcyon years smiled upon now

As I remember those precious days.




4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. M. Sakran
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 13:22:26

    I’ve noticed the word “halcyon” in some of your poems. It is an interesting word. How did you come across it?

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  2. Jem Croucher
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 18:07:40

    Dunno – but it’s a good word isn’t it? I like good words – particularly ones which capture a description of something like this and roll nicely off the tongue. Still trying to work out how to get the word ’emolument’ into a poem!



  3. M. Sakran
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 18:50:06

    Emolument? I had to look it up.
    As for a poem, here’s a short one:
    For as I earned my small emolument,
    I watched the birds who seek no disbursement.

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  4. Jem Croucher
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 18:52:31

    Excellent – really like that!



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