The Acres

The Acres

A Poem by Catherine Donavon

This is a series of four poems inspired by walks in a special nature preserve.

A sea of black-eyed Susans beckons me.
Wild oats catch at my sleeve as I walk by.
They would save me from drowning
in a wave of black and gold.
I can think
of no more lovely way
to die.

A single dark stain mars the white round of lace
at the chin of My Lady Queen Anne.
Is it a droplet of royal purple blood
or a spotlet of black currant jam?

don't let the butter
too near the sun
to soften in the heat
and melt and run
and leave a yellow stain
upon the sky
too near the sun
don't let the butter

The woodchuck scurries up his holey hill
And starts to see a stranger standing still
Upon the path that passes near his gate.

His red-brown coat reflects in summer's eye,
A flash against the earth's own dull brown dye
That makes the meadow-walker hesitate.

Their eyes meet for a moment black to green.
The woodchuck, more reluctant to be seen,
At once retreats behind a knobby knoll.

The lady (rather nosy) peeks around
And spies a reddish flash against the ground
As woodchuck hurries down his hilly hole.

As brief a meeting as you're apt to find
Delights the lonely meadow-walker's mind.

© 2019 Catherine Donavon

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I agree with Relic...a breath of fresh air is what your writing gives us.
your first piece brought me back to my favorite place...Ryegate, VT....
the pastures, the black-eyed susans....every farm a postcard..

as kids we constantly walked the pastures among the cows...
thanks for taking me back there.

Posted 5 Days Ago

I must say your writing is a very refreshing change for me on this site. Each poem made me smile at the end. Well done and welcome to WC. :)

Posted 6 Days Ago

Catherine Donavon

6 Days Ago

Thank you for the welcome. I'm enjoying reading other writers' work. So much talent here.
A very interesting piece of poetry. Well Done.

Posted 6 Days Ago

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Added on July 12, 2019
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Catherine Donavon
Catherine Donavon

Santa Fe, NM

I am a 71 year old woman currently living in Santa Fe, NM, but in the process of selling my home and hitting the road to live as a nomad. I am a singer/songwriter, actor, director, painter and writer... more..