Rhyme presents another modern poet, Blair Gowrie, with a beautiful poem about nature.
A Sunny Day
Sometimes I like to sit in the shade
On a park bench, watch the ducks on parade,
In a long line, smoothly swimming somewhere,
Causing hardly a ripple as they move here and there,
And gliding so gracefully, supercilious swans,
Plucking at grass from newly mown lawns,
See the flowers in bloom in yellows and reds,
Artfully arranged in bright flower beds,
The bees buzzing busily as they do their day’s work,
Hear the pigeon wings flap and the little birds chirp,
With trees in the background, every size, every shape,
Their reflections outlined in the shimmering lake,
The leaves multi-coloured in orange, brown and green,
Creating a sublimely harmonious scene,
All this, and the sun’s rays caressing the ground,
Tell me it’s heaven on earth that I’ve found.
Blair Gowrie is the pen-name of Roderick Macdonald, and he chose this name as the small Scottish town of Blairgowrie is the birthplace of his father. He is the author of the 5,000-line narrative poem “The Adventures of George”, a humorous and satirical look at national leaders, politicians and celebrities. Although born in Oxford, England, he has lived for most of his life in Thailand.