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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)

TITLE: Words From Across the Ocean
By Linda Payne
01/26/09


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Words From Across the Ocean

Iíve traveled over the ocean, but not by
ship or plane,
but, rather words and music have
tantalized my brain.

Iíve wandered the streets of London with
Dickens and ďThe BardĒ,
solved crimes and visited castles with
Holmes and Scotland Yard.

Upon the windswept moors Iíve stood with lovely
Miss Jane Austen,
and traveled from Cornwall to Yorkshire with
James Herriot and Rosamund Pilcher.

To the Celtic Lands Iíve roamed from
Dublin up to Glasgow,
Iíve laughed at the antics of leprechauns,
giants, fairies, and wee folk.

On the wings of words Iíve flown to
fantasy worlds unknown,
with Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, and
R. L. Stevenson.

The skirling of the bagpipe, the flute,
and the violin,
the haunting ďSongs of the HebridesĒ all lift
my heart within.

Maybe one day Iíll cross the sea to cities,
lochs, and moors,
to the authors and poets I give my thanks whoíve
helped my mind to soar!


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Dee Yoder 01/29/09
Yes, these are the ways I've enjoyed the UK, too, but I would LOVE to cross the ocean and see it all for myself someday. What a lovely dream, and this poem helps me see it all!
Joanne Sher 01/30/09
Enjoyed this very much. I smiled throughout. I stumbled a bit in some places, but enjoyed it.
Linda Payne01/30/09
Joanne,I agree. I wrote this while "stumbling around" at 2:00 a.m. Should have waited until the next day to read it over before sending it in. Oh well, live and learn.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/31/09
I traveled with you, too, and enjoyed the trip. The books and music are a draw for me as well.
Karlene Jacobsen 02/03/09
Your poem encompasses all of the UK that I admire as well.