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Two spring poems written on Dartmoor
by John Van der Kiste

Sunday, April 21, 2002

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While an ever-running stream bubbles,
Coursing down its bed of sand and stones,
Overhead the larks soaring, calling –
All is calm, all is still,
All is spring.

Sometimes the wind sighs softly, far away –
Breathing in, breathing out.
Only a whisper ruffles the gorse,
Lightly touching rocks, that have stood sentinel for years,
Undisturbed, silent witnesses.

Meanwhile, I walk the turf of dormant grass,
A spring to my step of velvet moss,
A bed around me underfoot.

As my eyes go a-wandering
Across distant rolling hills and tors,
Blue haze casts its mantle far and wide.


A well-worn track, bounded by its hedges,
Brambles, bracken, nature’s own spontaneous harmony
Watches over freshly-ventured badger sets.
Dog violets shine, the twinkling jewels of March.

Here is our passage to the open moor
Where Harborne Man, the menhir of the medieval land,
Standing like a sentry guard,
Salutes a passing crow in flight.

Newborn lambs call to their mothers.
Springtime brings her promise. Life goes on.
We renew. We take stock. We take hope.

These were both written in April 2002 from impressions jotted down while walking on Dartmoor, Devon, England. A 'menhir' is a tall upright memorial stone, of which there are many on Dartmoor, usually erected in medieval times or earlier

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Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 4/21/2002
Thank you for the visit to Dartmoor--
beautiful imagery, could envision it.
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 4/21/2002
Two lovely poems that makes me want to roam the moors at Dartmoor.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/21/2002
These are gems, for which I thank you...
Reviewed by Trixie Love 4/21/2002
Very nice write...

Reviewed by J John (Reader) 4/21/2002
excellant writes .. j
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/21/2002
I'm always fascinated by those times. Nice write John!!!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
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