Prose for Thought – England.

Prose for Thought – England.

Hello everyone, welcome to this weeks Prose for Thought.  I have to say that the poetry has been a bit thin on the ground over the last couple of weeks but I know that creativity can never be forced and the beauty of writing poetry is more of a relaxation rather than a chore.

This was never more true for me than yesterday. Although it was chucking it down in rain as I drove the roads of Somerset putting out the posters for my driving school, I couldn’t help but notice just how beautiful this country is and, it Radio 2 and Ken Bruce couldn’t have timed it better when he celebrated St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday when he played the song ‘England’ by Ralph McTell. If you haven’t heard it before then please take a listen:

I love this country and I wanted to try and create a tribute to the beauty that we have here by writing a poem. The words don’t seem to do it justice though!


As I walk these paths so well trod
I think of how lucky I am
The villager turns with a smile and a nod
I eat scones with strawberry jam

For England is a country so full to behold
Of history from ages past
Who knows what stories there are to be told
Among that all that green green grass

Tales of armour and battles and knights
Of Kings and Queens from old
The stories of Shakespeare and other playwrites
Sit on bookshelves of those young and old

Cottages, thatched, and bridges and streams
Cities with buildings so old
Cups of tea and clotted ice creams
We complain if its hot or its cold!

Proud to be English, that’s what I am
It’s heritage and all that it is
I do love it so, this green pleasant land
Not seen it? Then don’t go amiss!

Victoria Welton 23rd April 2014

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  2. sarahhillwheeler
    April 27, 2014 / 8:22 am

    Very poignant here…. as at risk of losing so much of what makes countryside around us unique. Will dip into some more links and hope to get my mojo back.

  3. April 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    A lovely, patriotic poem, just right to read in this (very rare) sunshine! I’ve lost my blogging mojo lately but have managed to cobble together a poem on the ‘Contradictions’ of motherhood 🙂 x
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  4. Maddy@writingbubble
    April 24, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    It’s lovely to read a positive poem about our wonderful country. We brits do criticise it a lot! I often hear people saying they want to leave for foreign (usually hotter!) climes but I think we’re so lucky, I mean, what ON EARTH would we talk about in queues if we didn’t have such crazy weather?! Your poem captures all that is good about our lovely home.
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  5. April 24, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    A lovely tribute. Conjures up my own memories of Somerset very nicely thank you. We are so lucky to live in such a richly beautiful and diverse country with so much heritage and history to be proud of. Well done for putting this out there V and good luck in the MAD Blog Finals!!
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  6. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    April 24, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Your poem has captured the essence of being English rather wonderfully. Beautiful!
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  7. April 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    What a lovely English poem – love the emphasis on scones, jam and clotted cream! This conjures up lovely images of England in summertime – all green and afternoon teas! x
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  8. Emma from over at LIFE AS IT IS
    April 24, 2014 / 10:48 am

    Oh Vicky, I’ve come over all patriotic. I loved reading that! I’m sat here singing Jerusalem!!!!
    Well done you. By the way, am linking up a review but it is hopefully some #Prose4T too. I’m not sure about zoos, and you can read this and see if it changes the way you feel about them too?! xxx
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  9. April 24, 2014 / 8:30 am

    What a fantastic tribute to your lovely country Vicky. I love this. You are a great patriot. What a lovely lovely poem too. Makes me think that I dont’ give England enough credit for many great things. I need to start loving it more. Its hard not being my homeland so I think I try to keep a tunnel vision as I don’t want to feel like a trader to my own roots but you are right and this has motivated me to love the country that is a HUGE part of both of my children. I need to rewire my brain. Thank you for sharing this and helping me get there.
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