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A Drive in the Country
by Annabel Sheila
Friday, June 08, 2012
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Every now and then, we just "have" to get out of the city...and there's nothing like a drive in the country!


A virtual sea of life… brilliant shades of emerald, olive and mint
Stretched across hills and vales as far as the eye can see!
Magnificent vistas worthy of a master’s brush
Where the winding country road took us ever deeper
Into nature’s splendid mix of flora and fauna…
Sun-dappled brooks and lakes scattered here and there
As evening began to prepare for night’s caress!
Farmer’s fields, red and rich, at the ready for planting,
Peaceful pastures, where horses and cattle grazed!
Beside the road, just ahead, a porcupine squatting
Near the trees seemingly unconcerned at our presence.
Slowing to a stop we happily observed him…
Until he slowly began to amble back into the forest
Satisfied we were no threat! Onward…
The narrow road nestled among giant pines and birch
Like a guided tour into nature’s realm!
Suddenly up ahead, coming toward us, trotting along
Like he was out for an evening stroll…a fox!
Slowing to a crawl, the hybrid engine not making a sound,
We crept along, well prepared should he decide
Now was the time to cross the road!
Giving us an occasional look, he sauntered along
Mostly ignoring us, seemingly on a mission!
Maybe he was late for dinner, we mused…onward…
The sun was sinking lower as we reluctantly made our way back to the busy highway!
Relaxed, content with our blissful drive in the country,
We headed back home…both of us silently reliving
The breathtaking moments nature had shared.
Nearing home, we signalled our turn off the highway
And as we looked to the side of the road, there stood a gorgeous little fawn
Safely watching us from behind the guardrail on the exit ramp!
It was like a fond farewell from nature…thanks for dropping by
Come again…sigh…

© Annabel Sheila


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Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/17/2012
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/9/2012
You have recalled, recreated, and very effectively shared the lovely experience, Annabel. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by John Domino 6/9/2012
Thank you Amber for the lovely poetic country drive.

Yes, I will gladly come visit again...

John Michael
Reviewed by jude forese 6/9/2012
an idyllic scene you've poetically painted ...
Reviewed by Michael Jones 6/9/2012
Anna, this is majesticly magnificent. Asthough I was on the voyage with the both of you in the country. Peace!!!
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/8/2012
what a wonderful road trip you have taken us all on.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/8/2012
We were all with you on that drive...e
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/8/2012
My only problem with your poem, Anna, my friend, is that I kind of feel that I do live in the country as; very often there are horses and cattle grazing in the hills just about a five minute drive from me, and we have a man made lake that is actually a bird sanctuary practically across the street from my front door. But I love that you can get away and head outward where there is "flora and fauna and sun-dappled brooks and lakes." However, I've never seen a fox though we do have coyotes that, in dry years, come down from the hills and sometimes cats or small dogs go missing.
Sorry if I got away from the true meaning of your wonderful poem and, truly, I do not want to seem as if gloating... Well, maybe just a little.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/8/2012
I tried to take a drive in the country from here once, and spent the whole afternoon trying to find a country road with some character. Such is the big city. All the contrary is gone. You are so lucky to have the country so near.

Reviewed by Laura Fall 6/8/2012
Truly Delightfully written poetry and such a soothing and enjoyable ride in the country indeed my friend as always Excellent writing Laura
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/8/2012
Thank you for taking us along to share the beauty of your countryside ride. When I had my Jeep, I would often drive down every back or side trail I could find to intentionally lose myself to see what I would find. Gotta love GPS.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/8/2012
Well, you included me on that drive in the country, Anna, because it felt like I was there with each and every notation noted, especially the fox. I enjoyed myself and I am sure others will also.
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 6/8/2012
This could be vastly appreciated as a radio show episode, the language so descriptive with color, motion, details of the kind of car and type of road. Just reading this could lower someone's blood pressure. I would like to read a piece written by you about a journey of 'smells,' so....might you write one of those? ~~ Diana
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