Saturday, 31 July 2010

The Dawn Chorus: A Poem By Pete Marshall

The Dawn Chorus: A Poem By Pete Marshall

Today I returned from a magical camping trip with my family and as today is my day at One Stop Poetry I would like to share with you the following poem;

The Dawn Chorus

I felt the chill upon my face
that urged my mind to open eyes
I heard the tune of morning song
as light would waken from the night
I heard the wind blow through the trees
as children stirred and stifled yawns
I smelt the bacons wafting scent
that welcomed in a summers dawn

The ground was wet with morning dew
that glistened on a fallen leaf
and as I cupped my steaming mug
the coffee found my lost belief
I looked out far across the fields
and watched the crows that ruled the sky
I watched you slice the crusty bread
and let the time just pass on by

I heard a noise that brought me joy
as children laughed from deep inside
beneath the quilts and sleeping bags
they  wiped the sleep from off their eyes
 I laughed at hair and ruffled clothes
that sat beside and watched the dawn
and though the chill would keep us cold
the taste of bacon kept us warm


image courtesy creative commons


One Stop - The Place For Poets & Writers said...

Thanks Pete- I want to go camping. Love all the smells and feeling you conveyed in the Dawn Chorus

Hope it was fun

Hugs from the Moon

Claudia said...

oh wow - this sounds like a magical camping trip indeed!
how beautiful you managed to capture all the smells and tastes and emotions...made my morning!

joanny said...


A really lovely romantic poem about the thrill of camping, at least I think it is. The smell of the campfire, the misty dewy morning air, and the sweet smell of damp earth, the birds flying by, I miss camping. Sigh, In the PNW the outdoors is our church our cathedral.

You got me hooked on your words from the first sentence on...

Brian Miller said...

sounds like a wonderful morning camping pete...had many of those the year i lived in the woods...and relive it as often as i can...

Desert Rose said...

you got my senses Pete..! now i want to go camping too..:)) wonderful poem,you put the words in the right spots..well done! loved it..;)

dustus said...

Think you just got everyone looking forward to a camping trip... Great poem. Now I want to go too! lol

heartspell said...

Such a lovely moment shared here, for you, for us who read your lovely words. Thank you. Heartspell

TALON said...

So lyrical! And full of joy. And it makes me want to head out to the great outdoors immediately!

Caty said...

that sounds absolutely magical and charming!

Amanda said...

Wow...this one got me!! I felt as if I was there!! Thanks so much, you are so very talented. Have a great weekend my friend.

hippie said...

Thanks so much for this Pete. The vividness of this piece is breathtaking!!

Pete Marshall said...

thanks all of you for your great comments...and guess what it didnt turn into a nightmare LOL...the trip was fantastic..a week under the stars and it rained only once..we are home, inspired and....shattered..LOL

PattiKen said...

This is just beautiful, Pete, like a dispatch from the edge of paradise. I really like the birds soaring low over the landscape.

Tony Single said...

Oh yeah... and a magical time was had by all. Fabulous, Pete. :)

Wild Rose said...

You captured the camping moments, sights and sounds all in this poem. Exquisite Pete i felt myself there camping with you...great imagery~

Wild Rose/@LarvK~

signed...bkm said...

Love this piece Peter, all the image and sounds are felt and real as the bacon is frying...the rhythm of the poem is delightful....bkm

JamieDedes said...

Wow! You made camping sound attractive to me . . . the one who thinks camping out is staying at a motel! Lovely poem. Thanks!