Nativity of a Day

Petra

Morn, nay, premorning, in the temples of the sun,

To walk among its courtyards and its silent halls,

Or stand beneath its arches with their solemn frown;

And drink it in, the beauty that was not of Solomon,

San Marco

When down the peaceful corridors, a gentle wind

Will stroll to run its chilling fingers o’er my cheek,

Or picking up a russet coloured leaf, will play

With it, until it tires of such a thing, and leave it,

Suspended in mid air, to flutter by itself to mother earth.

And then the wind is gone, and through the open portals

Drives the Lord Apollo in his brazen chariot of flame,

To light the earth and warm the viscous bloods in parent vein.

To send the blinking night beast and the owl

Back to their sheltered hole in tree or roof of cave, to sleep.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a beautiful description of nature and a tremendous slideshow.

Thank you


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

The temples of the sun reflects the morn sun in all it's past glory and ghosts walk within the shadows of its now silent walls.

To see the leaf float and fall to mother earth while echos from the past create a breath of wind to help it on it's journeys end, so divine and end.

The Lord Apollo with his chariot of flame appears and all is silenced as he claims the night and creatures go to hiding in their dens and caves. For he is their Lord and royal chariot doth he proclaim in his name.

I enjoyed this poem Nativity of a Day, it brought a smile to this old Saddles face..nicely done Ian, bravo.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you Rosemay. I am not sure, but I think this is the first poem I ever wrote. Soem time ago, believe me.

Thank you for your support. I am beginning to really look forward to your visits.

Ian


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Saddlerider. I think you may see that I have confessed to Rosemay that this may be the first poem I ever wrote.

Possibly half a century has passed since that time and there have been many, many sunrises. But the way of nature and the cycle of the world continues in all its beauty, and still people will marvel at that magical time between night and day, when all things are born again, and new eyes see old wonders and still marvel at them.

Thanks for your visit.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautiful, I am amazed at your creativity.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

How beautiful and with the Grieg morning mood music actually playing in the background of the page as I savor the words of the sublime morning your poem describes! And such magnificent illustrations!

Forgive my ignorance if it's not, - but isn't that, perchance, a slightly different view of the piazza in Florence? I've seen only certain views, you see. But I feel sure it is.

Maybe Lucy Honeychurch is just around that corner secretly hoping George Emerson will happen along! That would make it a morning worth birthing!

OH my - I just looked up at the clock and it is 11:11! Oh, my.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Nellieanna you have a keen eye. That picture of Venice is somehow flipped. That coloum and arched building is at the waterline and the San Marco tower away from the water in the enclosed courtyard.

Ian it is obvious the poem came from the heart.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I was written so very long ago, Becky. I had just gone back into education and entered Teachers' College... So it is very different to the stuff I have written since.

Thanks for the visit, and that encouraging comment.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nellie and Mike, Sorry, guys, the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, would look silly if it had the Winged Lion on the column which is on the Piazza San Marco.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks for the "straight from the heart" comment, Mike.

I have looked at the picture, and the Campanile which is part of the Basilica San Marco seems to be in the right place, but the Basilica is behind us and the Galleried Columned building to the left, I do not know.

The Doge's Palace is obscured and the Galleria dei Negozii sort of hidden somewhere.

Good excuse for is to go to Venezia for a holiday... but I want to go to Pollone first, OK?

Who's coming??? Becky? Svetlana? Nellie?


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steve of ian fame 5 years ago from Essex

one day I may be as good when I lose my deal with that card company.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hallmark must be gnashing their teeth and piling red hot coals and ashes on their heads at the thought of it.


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steve of ian fame 5 years ago from Essex

Goodliff Neale, to be precise.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet... possibly sweeter.

And did you watch or listen to the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall tonight, Steve?

And don't say, "What Proms?"


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

If I must be dead wrong, what nicer way to do it than by mistaking one gorgeous Italian piazza for another and visualizing a romantic rendezvous in it besides? I enjoyed every moment! :-) Thank you for the correct information, Ian.

I'll go on a trek to any of those places, Ian.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I loved the Piazza della Signoria. It is so beautiful and dramatic. And on a Sunday morning there is a massive flower market to the right of the main entrance to the Uffizi. I saw banks and banks of dahlias and chrysanthemums and the smell of flowers was everywhere.

I think it was on a Sunday only, or perhaps it was in Brugges, Belgium which is also stunning for the flower market. I am not sure, but I think that was the area where George told Lucy that if she went any further she would be stooped by the Arno.

I think Florence is the most dramatic Italian city I have visited.


rmjudkins 5 years ago

Twilight Lawns, your poem is rich in imagery while giving tribute to the birth of a new day. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Regards, Robert


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you Robert. Ah! Just the words of a twenty-one year old.

Thanks for the comment, I like all that. Keeps the ink (and the blood) flowing.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

My stepson, George, and his ex-wife, Lucy, (what a coincidence, huh?) fell in love with Florence and went back for several of their annual vacations. He went back alone when their marriage failed and she cancelled her ticket.

So I've heard about it and seen photos from both his observant viewpoint and from her somewhat typical American (the yellow dog) viewpoint. Each of their photographs from their trips reflected their personalities somehow.

But I've never heard or enjoyed a more delightful and appealing description and word-picture of a first-hand visit there than the one you just wrote here, Ian. Banks of flowers and their fragrance in the air! I could almost visualize the dawn coming up over the wall ;- I guess that is the Arno with which George Emerson warned Lucy Honeychurch that her escape from his attentions would be stopped!

Lovely visuals and other sensories. No yellow dog, but many colorful dahlias and chrysanthemums! Ah-h-h-h . . .


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I really loved Florence. I would love to go back, but as I have said, I have great difficulty walking, and as in all the great Cities in Europe, there is such walking involved... especially in Italy.

That is one of the things I loved about Rome. One minute I would be looking at an amazing church, and then home for lunch where I stayed in an hotel overlooking the Vittorio Emanuele Monument (The wedding cake, as it is nicknamed) and them past the Forum and suddenly the Trevi fountain. And one takes one's life in one's hands getting across the road to the Colosseo... I think the buggers would run me down just for fun.

I am going to do a hub on Rome. No one will read it but you and Becky and one or two other really supportive guys, but so long as you like it... It was during my Pollone period, so there are some amusing bits.

By the way, I have sorted out my phone already and if by coincidence, my computer decided to close down... I think it was sulking.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi TL ... my philistine mind actually understood and was moved by this poem. And the video with Grieg's music really set off an avalanche of English garden memories for me. I was transported back to my grandmother's walled garden, early on a summer morning with the old church tower looking down on me and the flowers all set to umpire another day's play.

Wonderful ... voted beautiful and up!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

And your description of your grandmother's garden also gets my vote. I could almost imagine myself there.

Lyrical, Angie.


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

Oh, this is sublime, yes it is. I love it. I love mornings (frosty ones, as you know), windy ones, red ones, autumn ones, leafy ones, rainy ones, dark ones, bright ones, crisp ones, blue ones. And the bit of this poem that I loved the most was right at the beginning: 'premorning'! What a thrill that word gave me.

Up, up, up!

Much love,

Linda.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Dear Ian - I'm transported by your description of being in Rome, apparently without the walking hindrance - or before it became a hindrance. Your hotel view sounds lovely. The life-threatening crossing of the Colosseo is a bit of 'cold water' on the niceness, though. :-[

George and Lucy visited Rome, too, and brought back lovely photos and memories, though their great favorite was always Florence. In Rome, where Lucy happened to have a friend who had married a Roman and lived there for many years, whom they visited and were introduced to Limoncello. haha. (Not a yellow dog; a yellow beverage!) They introduced us to it on their return; and as lemon is among my favorite flavors, I had to wean myself from it. I have some in the cabinet, though, and may just treat myself to a tiny cordial glass later.

Our 100 + degree afternoons are back for a few more days. Sigh. Seems we are to have 104 tomorrow and 101 Wednesday. Then back to milder highs. At least the the lows are not reaching the heat they were before. They'll be in low to mid 70s so I can open the windows tonight and leave them till mid-morning before the heat regathers. It will begin to modify a bit Thursday and there may even be some rain Friday - first in well over a month.

I so look forward to your hub about Rome, Ian. Don't be sure it won't be well-read! Your work has a way of magnetizing readers!

Angie - I love that memory of your grandmother's garden and the old church tower. Just lovely. Among my fondest memories of our 1998 visit to Essex is our hostess' mother's lovely garden and the 1200s church where our hostess and host were married nearby. Those are indelibly imprinted on my mind.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oh, Linda. thank you. An old poem, but morning is brand new, so it will take it, yes?

I'm glad you like it. And yes, I will always remember your "frost on the windscreen" hub. That was so evocative, and I know when we have our first frosts here, I will immediately think of you and your boys.

It will only be me here, just me, no dogs, no boys, but I will remember and enjoy.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nellie, my mind went a blank when I tried to remember what I had liked about Rome, but in reading your comment, I suddenly remembered one (only one) incident. Maybe I should make a list... and I'm not even a Virgo. I'm a Libra.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

really liked enjoyed this one. I love how you made the wind seem like a little child playing with a toy.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

An old poem Nikki, but I think it has faced the test of time, and that it still works, I think. I'm really pleased you liked it.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Posh banter in my book, but it has it's place, a comfy thoughtful place that makes one ponder. Cheers from a bloody windy Melbourne!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nowhere in Australia is as windy as Perth, my friend.

If Chicago hadn't named itself "The Windy City", I am sure Perth could have claimed the title.

And the south west of West Australia, I have heard it said, "Has the climate California thinks it has".


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steve of ian fame 5 years ago from Essex

I too would like to see Florence again. Dougal, zebedee and my favourite. Dylan the hippie rabbit.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Time for bed, Steve.


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steve of ian fame 5 years ago from Essex

"Time for bed," said Ian.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi Ian, I am typing because I have no voice. I am starting to feel like I may live though. I went to the Dr. and I have bronchitis. Almost went to pneumonia so I went just in time. Still not about much. Just lay in bed and read. Will check back in a few days.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I had pneumonia/pleurisy a couple of years ago, and I have not experienced a greater pain in my life, I feel.

Take care of yourself.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Morning Ian. How is my friend doing? Haven't seen you around so came to check on you.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Second time I have typed this, The first time, I got distracted and forgot to post it. Hi Ian, How are you? I haven't seen you around so came to see how you are.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Ian,

Thia is beautiful in everyway. ..love the videos too..nice and soothing..Have visited the city of Petra as I child..remember some of it..more from pictures..but thinking there was a castle in the mountain maybe? long walk? Does that sound familiar? Any way..lovely..

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hi, Becky. I hope you are truly recovered by now and that there aren't any nasties hanging over.

Keep taking care of yourself, and keep well,

I haven't been on HP much, apart from the usual scan to see what's going on. I'm not getting notification of hubs posted, and also have been doing a little bit of writing at last.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You lucky thing, Sunnie. I have always wanted to go to Petra, but now I wouldn't be able to walk the distance. Maybe in another life.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

I would love to go back as an adult...I have glimpses of things but I bet it would be so wonderful to walk through the villages and towns..the cathedrals of Rome and other sites..

Hugs,

Sunnie


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Ian, I have written a couple since we talked. I have 5 now.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You certainly seem to have been to some wonderful places and seen some wonderful sights in your time, Sunnie. And you have drawn on those images in your writing... Think of 'The Magical Victrola'. I wonder how many times out pahs have crossed, but in another time.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I have been so busy, Becky, writing (not a lot) but stuff not for HP, so haven't really done much "Hubbing". I know I am a selfish Old Coot, but when I get my head above water, I am going to dive right back into the deep end and catch up.

There have been some "domestic" problems here as well, so I haven't had much time at the computer.

Forgive me.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I think you have done a wonderful job writing this poem. I felt I was there. It sounds like an enchanting place to visit. Thank you for sharing it. I hope things will begin to look up for you.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh if only the Magical Victrola could..maybe..what if..possibly..??? :)

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

tipoague, thank you for the charming comment. And thank you for the reassuring words. I am pleased that you visited, and welcome you. Please come and have another look around. I hope that you like what you find, if you do.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

If only. If only.


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

What more is there to say. You create beautiful images.


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steve of ian fame 4 years ago from Essex

A colourful old style of poetry that headmasters frequently use in morning assembly. This requires the clever use of metre within each word.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You are so clever, Steve. Obviously you paid very close attention to Miss Prendergast when she gave her "Appreciating Poetry" lectures, at Saint Osyth's School for Young Ladies and Young Gentlemen of the Gentry.

I just writed it, Nowah Amin.

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