A breath of fresh air! Wonderful post.

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Here’s the first verse of a poem by Robert Browning (1812 – 1889)

Home – Thoughts, from Abroad

Oh, to be in England

Now that April’s there,

And whoever wakes in England

Sees, some morning, unaware,

That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf

Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,

While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough

In England – now!


 I’m sure he was missing England Don’t you?  Here’s my response to his poem,

Home – Thoughts from England.

Oh, to be in England

Now that April’s here.

 To wake one morning, suddenly aware –

Of blossoming trees, bumble-bees,

Rolling fields turned yellow.

A chaffinch singing merrily

On the bough of next door’s old pine tree.

There’s nowhere else I’d rather be,

Than in England – now!

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  1. susanjanejones · April 22, 2012

    Thank you David, that was quick work…..


  2. magsx2 · April 22, 2012

    Oh yes very nice poem. 🙂


  3. Ina · April 23, 2012

    Hi David
    SusanJane did a great job there 🙂 I love the enthusiasm for the land.

    To have love for one’s country in poems is something I am not used to, I only know of one poet who would write like that in Dutch and he was called Marsman lol so a bit out of reality perhaps. Have a nice St George’s day!


  4. dfb · April 23, 2012

    Thank you Ina! People who are not English think our reticence is due to the fact that we don’t care what happens to us…. We do! 🙂


  5. Christy Birmingham · April 23, 2012

    She did a great job with her poetic response on her post.. good share


  6. dfb · April 23, 2012

    Yes, indeed – thank you!


  7. susangeckle · April 23, 2012

    The poem pays close attention to nature which I is quite nice.


  8. Russell Smith · April 24, 2012

    You are a good friend, dfb. It’s a pleasure to know you! I went over to the other blog for a look-see.


  9. bardessdmdenton · April 24, 2012

    Very nice. Took me back to springtime in England…so fresh and flowery and lovely! Thanks for sharing.


  10. dfb · April 25, 2012

    Russell, thank you so much!


  11. dfb · April 25, 2012

    Thank you so much for your kindness!


  12. bardessdmdenton · May 3, 2012

    Yes, I saw this on Susan’s blog…and adore it!


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