Picnic for One

Picnic for One

A Poem by Phill Oz O'fee
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Glorious afternoon on the River Test (Hampshire)

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Picnic for One



On an isolated sheltered bend of the river Test

I spread a checked coverlet upon its mossy bank

In readiness for a reclusive time of contemplation

With full flask of hot coffee and ploughman’s lunch


Just moments after settling down to my private respite

The river’s melody of babbling mantra filled the air

Making marsh grasses flex in dancing enchantment

And nearby hawthorn shrubs rustled with soft applause


A kingfisher played upon a captured minnow’s scales

Up and down its silvery span like a harmonica player

But unlike his human talented musician counterpart

Kingfisher promptly gulped down his oily instrument


Tortoiseshells along with copper and marbled whites

Swayed rhythmically to the splashing aquatic beats

From fresh foaming pulsing beads of crystal water

Tapping new tunes upon the irregular shaped pebbles


Water voles mutely slipped secretively around the reeds

Like gatecrashers invading an open air sponsored recital

Keeping from the gaze of nearby swans and moorhens

Basking in the harmonious tempos of this ancient wetland


Out of fen-like vegetation strode a magnificent grey heron

Elatedly standing as a one legged orchestral conductor

With beaked baton directing a simultaneous performance

Of all entertainers in this visually spectacular enactment


How wonderful this encapsulation of nature’s liberate theatre

In continuous unrepeatable series of extravagant events

No one could ask more from such a captivating paradise

Presented just for me on this uncomplicated picnic for one


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© 2018 Phill Oz O'fee



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Nobody can ask for more than that captivating paradise you have spoken of here- how I love the river and the beauty of nature- captivating and free and so worth falling inlove with- couldn’t think of a better place for a picnic for one - but- two would also do nicely- stunning poem🌹

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2 of 2 people found this review constructive.




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You took the beauty of an afternoon and brought it to us, served up in a lovely bounty of eloquent words/. The descriptions were wild in this! I could see everything you witnessed with a beautiful twist.

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2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Nobody can ask for more than that captivating paradise you have spoken of here- how I love the river and the beauty of nature- captivating and free and so worth falling inlove with- couldn’t think of a better place for a picnic for one - but- two would also do nicely- stunning poem🌹

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Reminds me of days spent in my static on the banks of the river Avon. I oten took those 'Picnis for one' wher I could be one with nature and create! Many a pieces were created there: some received acclaim on publication. Keep up the good work!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Superbly written. Makes me all the more eager for spring to be sprung :)

Posted 3 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Feverish intensity....such a deep imaginative compass... loved it.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

on this snow packed day this was a welcome retreat to the river.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Phill Oz O'fee

4 Months Ago

Thank you - happy to supply the 'retreat' .. :-)
lovely!
When in nature i also feel most of the time:
"No one could ask more from such a captivating paradise / Presented just for me on this uncomplicated picnic for one"

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Phill Oz O'fee

4 Months Ago

Glad you liked the write :-)
My gosh, the cadence of this write is positively astounding! Thank you for sharing!

Posted 4 Months Ago


Phill Oz O'fee

4 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing :-)
love to have some popcorn and a Root Beer and sit and watch all that you have described here...it is nature's theater...and beautifully described by your lustrous imager--

thank you for this piece...it is so soothing.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Phill Oz O'fee

4 Months Ago

Hummm .... now you have reminded me of the A&W root beer and Orville popcorn me and my siblings used.. read more

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Phill Oz O'fee
Phill Oz O'fee

Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom



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