Away, away in a distant land
More green and mild
Than a summer’s day;
More grey and wild
Than an ocean bay,
O thou, England! – Verdant isle of my dreams!
On the ripened arbour,
Sea-mist and dew
Shroud the ocean-harbour:
My heart yearns to wade through thy soaking sand
And ramble along thy running streams!
So far, so far – and yet, so near
Thy splendid beauty lies,
A sparkling jewel among the blue
Of ocean, sea, and skies!
And would I could, I’d wish it true,
O thou, England! – How kettles then would madly boil!
Blazing fires would crackle and snap,
Scones would bubble and rise;
Glad would I roam thy wooded map
In harmony with the coveted prize:
Down would I bend to drop a tear
And kiss thy wet and fertile soil.
**Note: Written for a pen pal friend in Chichester, West Sussex, England**
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Dawn Pisturino is a retired nurse in Arizona whose publishing credits include poems, limericks, short stories, and articles. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, most recently in Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, and the 2023 Arizona Literary Magazine. A monthly contributor for Gobblers & Masticadores she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Arizona Authors Association.
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