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Sunday, 26 July 2015

IMPRESSIONS OF BODIAM



Robins and blackbirds sing from the trees
and magpies call from mid-air,
while butterflies ride the gentle breeze
home to their summer lair.

Wild deer come to gaze from here
upon this wondrous sight
of castle walls that yesteryear
were home to a medieval Knight.

Oh how I wish I could cheat time
and quietly slip inside
Bodiam's history most sublime
to watch the jousters ride.

For one would steal my heart I'm sure
and become my lover true,
after he'd achieved the highest score
whilst displaying my colours in lieu.

Then later, after the lavish bonquet
held in his honour that night
we'd ride off into the crimson sunset -
aah, such utter delight!

And when we returned his Lady I'd be:
mistress of all I survey,
and draped in silks this wannabe
would finally have her day...

But alas for fantasies, it's here I'm stuck
in century twenty-first,
where chivalry's defunct along with luck
and there's only unquenchable thirst.


Hi guys...apologies for being absent so long, but so much happening in my life at present that I've been tied up.
This is a difficult time, but I will visit you as often as I possibly can...I promise. :)

35 comments:

  1. I wonder if the dreams and fantasy of yesteryear have really changed? Is not the attempt to thrust the dark ages upon us again being floated in such disguised seas of flowing liquid fantasies and dreams, by the same builders of those castle walls?
    Wonderful poem… Been thinking too much lately about castle walls☺

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    1. You know...I really don't think they have!
      I'm willing to bet my life that if we could return to those times...we'd find human yearnings and aspirations not a great deal different to our own.
      Yes...there is something about castle walls, isn't there?
      They have the power either to imprison or protect - or in my case, fascinate and provide a means of escape from mental chains! ;)

      Many thanks.:)

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  2. Very beautiful, dear Ygraine. To dream of yesteryear lets my soul live in today's dreary world of everyday chaos and the naysayers to fantasies, dreams and magic. Bring on the castles and their dragons and knights...

    Please do not worry about us. We are devoted and will await your return whenever possible. You and your prince are in my thoughts and my prayers~

    Hugs & Love
    xoxoxo

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    1. Oh how wonderful...to find another Soul able and willing to take a leap into fantasy and magic...and momentarily escape the chaos!

      Oh thank you, my dear, dear friend...your support at this challenging time means more to me than words can say...

      Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  3. Ygraine..such gorgeous poetry!! my soul is bright and full of your beauty and magic..every time I read one of your poems I am transported to another world and I am transformed somehow within! Thank you for the gift of your writing and your soulfulness!! Love that picture too..stunning!

    Many Hugs of comfort to you, I am here if you need a friend always! I wish you much love and blessings..thinking of you!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you so, so much, dear Victoria...for your friendship and kind words. Both truly help me to find the courage to override my concerns and keep writing.
      It means so much to me...and to know that you enjoy reading my scribbles makes it all worthwhile.
      Thank you again, so much.:)

      Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  4. You have an amazing talent, Ygraine, wonderful poem!

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  5. You have an amazing talent, Ygraine, wonderful poem!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda...I truly appreciate that!:)
      xoxoxo

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  6. Wonderful poem about a wonderful place. I too have wished I could transport myself 6 centuries back to Bodiam, but then I remember refrigeration and antibiotics. I guess I'm the main reason I stick in this century and miss the pageantry of the lists. But I can imagine, and appreciate the way you bring those events, the colors and motion to life.

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    1. Gosh...I hadn't considered those things!
      I can't imagine life without refrigeration or antibiotics...I guess life expectancy would halve...and that is a conservative estimate.:/
      Think you've helped me to see the positive side of contemporary life!

      Many thanks, Geo.:))

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  7. Ygraine we know you have difficult times you have to feel free to post when you can:(
    Other georgeus poem Ygraine!
    Send you hugs and love!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you, my dear, dear friend...your kindness really touches my heart.
      So happy you like the poem...it was my moment of pure escapism! ;)

      Much Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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    1. Haha...something I do often! lol

      xoxoxo

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  9. That last paragraph though. Whoah.

    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Many thanks, Lux!

      Wishing you a fabulous week too.:)

      I am so enjoying your blog...there is always something new to capture my imagination when I visit. xoxoxo

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  10. Hello daer Ygraine,
    Great picture of this castle.
    Wonderful words in poetry form. Very nice!!

    Big hug and many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Hi Marco,
      So happy to hear you liked the poem. It was a lot of fun to write!
      Thank you so much.

      Hope you're having a wonderful day,

      Big Hugs :))

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  11. What a delightful read, well done.

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    1. Thank you so much...it is always such a pleasure to hear from you!

      Have a great day.:))

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  12. it's ravishingly beautiful as only you can make it, lovely yearnings, and wow Girl can you say it!!! also love photo, oh but the drama of previous lives and present's wishes, may it all come true for you darlin' xoxox

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    1. Oh and when it does...please can I take you with me, Sweetie...as my friend and confidante?
      Would be such an ideal life! ;)

      Much Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  13. I am glad to know that you are well. I would love to visit a castle one day again. So many stories in those halls. Abandoned by time.

    I hope life is not too hard on you. Need anything, let me know.

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    1. There is something decidedly magical about castles, isn't there?
      I think it's the fact that so many generations have passed within their ancient walls...and when the conditions are right, we can feel their presence and catch a glimpse into their lives.

      Thank you so much for your support...it truly means so much to me...:)

      Have a great day.:))

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    1. Oh thank you, Lon...yes...beautiful dreams...;))

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  15. Grand "Y": my prayers to recovery'
    __If we could step back to -yesterday- we may have been able to adjust -today-.

    yesterdays concert
    we sang the words forward
    todays melody

    Best wishes, _m

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    1. Oh if only, Doug...perhaps then today would have been different...or maybe not, who knows?
      Would definitely be worth a try though! ;)

      Wise words as ever...thank you so much.

      Have a fabulous day! :))

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  16. How I wish I could cheat time and quietly slip inside Bodiam's history ..... something all of us would like to do.

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    1. And there I was, thinking it was only me! lol

      Thank you so much...and have a brilliant day! :))

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  17. Boa Noite!
    Lindo e encantado espaço...parabéns.
    Depois dar uma passadinha no meu novo blog e fique à vontade pra seguir…bijus!!!!!

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  18. Hi Elizabeth...and many thanks!
    I will visit your blog shortly :)

    Have a great day! :))

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  19. Such a fabulous poem Ygraine the last line gives it a good punch to bring the reader back to reality after being lost in the enchantment you wove through the verses :) wow !!

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