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Midsummer Walk with LitFest

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Worcestershire Poet Emeritus, Maggie Doyle, reads her wonderful poetry on The Malverns

Worcestershire Poet Emeritus, Maggie Doyle, reads her wonderful poetry on The Malverns

We had a lovely walk and listened to four poets along the way last night: Maggie Doyle, Jenny Hope, Liz Hayden-Jones [and me]. A wonderful sunny evening for Summer Solstice – Midsummer Day. I read my poem Swifts and a sonnet for The Malverns.

Swifts

Malvern Hills on misty moisty morning,
the sun up and doing for three hours now
British Camp beckons signing a warning
of bright sunlight as I get to the brow.

Silence and solitude unbroken drops
abiding stillness, soundlessness flutters,
no soul disturbs the calm of the hilltops,
Midsummer Hill sighs in silence shuttered.

And then from the West come the saucy swifts,
swooping and singing, playing today, while
they wait to migrate, chase, drift, flit and lift,
twitter, skitter, dip and dance to my smile.

What joy in aloneness, what joy in sight,
a ballet of darting, diving divas
so rare, a flock of sure swifts in full flight,
plunging and soaring they surpass their viva.

Silence and solitude unbroken drops
abiding stillness, soundlessness flutters,
no soul disturbs the calm of the hilltops,
Midsummer Hill sighs in silence shuttered.

Polly Stretton Ā© 2013

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19 thoughts on “Midsummer Walk with LitFest

  1. So pleased that yesterday we were blessed with a glorious midsommer!

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  2. A lovely poem, Polly, and what a lovely way to spend some time. Sounds like fun. Just had to look up the Malverns. Looks like a nice culture hub and pretty place. I see you guys have a jazz festival coming up. Fun too…

    Happy weekend, Polly.

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  3. Glad the weather held for you all Polly! šŸ™‚

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  4. We couldn’t have wished for better šŸ™‚

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  5. how beautiful when those midsummer hills sigh…sounds like you had a great time

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  6. you sure know how to enjoy a life, Polly!

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  7. Sounds divine! Your words make the swifts so vibrant and alive šŸ™‚

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  8. Hello there Polly, long time no speak!! I have missed reading through your work and once again this is brilliant! I look forward to catching up on more that I have missed šŸ™‚

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  9. So much fun! Great pic! k.

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