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The View from My Front Porch ~ A Poem

Updated on September 13, 2016
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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.

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The View from My Front Porch

---How serene

Sitting there on my front porch

As the dank, southern air envelopes my body.

Momentarily, the stillness in the air tapers and then shifts as

A gentle breeze blows delicately across my face.

Simultaneously, the sweet, almost intoxicating,

fragrant smell of Jasmine awakens my senses,

As the flickering light bounces between the fluttering leaves,

Illuminating brilliant streams of light.

As I stare transfixed across the quiet country road

At the Black Angus cows and ponder

The naiveté of their fate being in contrast to this

Tranquil setting of the beauty

of the slightly rolling verdant hills of the pasture,

Acting as a backdrop to the Black Angus cows,

who seem to pop against the vivid green.

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Now cognizant am I of the sound of a Red-headed woodpecker

drumming on that tree right in front of me, announcing its presence,

Whose scarlet head, in and of itself, is astoundingly striking.

Then, after an attenuated while,

disturbing the peacefulness of the moment,

from the back of the pasture comes

the startling sound of a donkey and its voluble braying.

My thirst is quenched with a cold class of sweet tea,

where small beads of moisture

Begin to amalgamate and form small runnels trickling downward.

As I sit here on my porch where I am so content to be,

appreciative of such a simple, but captivating scene.


---How serene


© April 14, 2012 Faith Reaper (All rights reserved)

Another view from my porch.
Another view from my porch. | Source
Rolling pasture with cows.
Rolling pasture with cows. | Source
Pasture across from my home.
Pasture across from my home. | Source

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

      This poem is truly simplistically beautiful!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      FAITH REAPER! SO GLAD TO SEE THE COMMENT BLOCK! And for your note! I just loved the simplicity of this hub and LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures! I SO love birds and animals and the red headed woodpecker is exquisite. Would love to have a glass of lemonade on your porch. If I were sitting there, and I asked God, "What is life?" His reply would be, "THIS." Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting! BLESSINGS! Sparklea :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Truly beautiful;Mother nature's treasures;there's nothing like them is there?!

      You are so lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty and thank you for sharing this gem.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for your comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Sparklea, that would be awesome to sit with you on my porch with a glass of lemonade! Thank you for your thoughful comments. God Bless You Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Eddy, thank you so much. Your comments mean the world to me, as you inspire me with your writing so much. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A good poem and I love the photos, it would be good to come and join you there for a cuppa. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks sweet Blossom, I would love for you to join me here. Thanks for the comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This reminds me of our home in Virginia. We could see the cows grazing from our front yard and the mountains in the background. Such a lovely setting. You are truly blessed! Enjoyed your hub greatly.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      teaches12345 Thank you once again. Your home sounds lovely too. It is so peaceful. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Lovely, a place to get lost in the fragrances, sounds and sights from your front porch. I love your porch and your poem even more.

      Great Hub! Voted up and Awesome.

      Mekenzie

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Mekenzie, thank you for the sweet comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      You've painted such a serene and beautiful picture with your words and images, I can almost see myself sitting on your porch. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you tobusiness. I would love for all my hub friends to join me on my front porch, espcially today, as the trees are full of leaves now and providing much shade. There is no humidty today either, just a beautiful day. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      You have such a beautiful way with words - love your poem and images! Your porch is a great place to just sit and think! Beautiful hub!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Voronwe, thank you for reading and leaving such lovely comments. I am sorry I just came across your comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Tracia Bussey 4 years ago from Southern USA

      I was sitting right there with you on that porch as I read this! Beautiful and touching (need that one for a button)! Luv u & Blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Gottabegod, thanks so much for coming by to sit with me on my porch. You are welcome anytime. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Scott Biddulph 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      Beautifully descriptive poetry. WP

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      swb78 thanks for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Just checking ... and missing our Faith. Where is that smiling soul? God bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet lord de cross, I have been taking a break from hubbing, obviously. After my surgery, which went well and I was doing great, but then after about the fourth week, one Sunday it was very painful for me to take deep breaths and I had sharp stabbing pains in my left ribs. I thought I had a pinched nerve, but I went to the ER and they did a CT Scan and found very large blood clots in both my lungs. They were worse in my left lung. So, I had to give myself shots in my stomach of blood thinner and take blood thinner by mouth too. I just started back to work this week. So, since I am still here, I know the Lord has plans for me and I may not have a tomorrow (just as everyone else), so I need to get back to glorifying Him while I am still here, as I have plenty of "boasting in the Lord" stories to tell yet. The blood clots should absord into my body in several weeks or a couple of months. They are deadly and could move to my brain and I could have a stroke or worse, but whatever the Lord has planned for me is just fine with me, either way it is a win-win for me. I will try to get back to hubbing. I have missed everyone and love you all. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Devastated to say the least Faith Reaper. You will overcome this obstacle and if the Lord decides otherwise, we will understand as well. Have been nice having with us! God bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest lord de cross, whatever the Lord's will is! Thank you for your concern, you are always so good to check in. God bless you. He is so faithful. So great is His faithfulness for sure. He has a plan for me and you too! In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You're a very gifted poet. I enjoyed this one on others I've read. Such beautiful, power-packed phrases. Thanks for sharing this talent.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora!

      So happy you were able to find and come by and sit with me on my front porch this day. Would you like something to drink as we enjoy hearing that woodpecker pecking away at that tree , as well as enjoying what a beautiful bird the woodpecker is no doubt?

      Wow, thank you so much for the kind words! I am so very humbled. Thank you for visiting. You have made my day or night now. I work in the city. . . an hour commute, so I just arrived home not too long ago and had some other errands to tend to, but I am so glad to come home to such lovely comments left by you.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I don't see anything beautiful from my home in the city, but I can feel the serenity you have descried here when I'm in my farm.

      This is a wonderful feeling.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vinaya,

      So glad you came for a visit to sit with me on my front porch. We have to get that woodpecker to hush for a bit as he is getting louder! lol

      Yes, it is very serene. We moved from the city and have lived here for about five years now and we love it. Right now, everything has not turned beautiful and green yet.

      Your farm sounds lovely too.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is a perfect read for me right now. Getting ready for that porch swing and a bit of relaxing with a cold sweet tea! Whew! Don't have any cows in view but plenty of flowers and birds! Loved the song too, great young version of the trio and I have never heard that song! Thank you for a few great few moments of real entertainment! ^

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Welcome to my front porch and we can surely have a glass of cold sweet tea and chat a bit. Relaxing, listening and seeing that redheaded woodpecker and beautiful rolling green pastures is all I need right now too

      At the time these photos were made the trees and grass were not full as it was still very early spring before the leaves came back out on the trees, and now I have a lot of summer flowers hanging in the baskets on the porch.

      I know, as far as that song, I just stumbled upon it and loved it and thought it perfect here. This was one of my first poems written here after I joined HP, well it looks like about a month after I joined.

      I still hear that donkey braying early in the morning at 5:00 now. LOL

      Thank you so much for reading and for leaving such wonderful comments. It is a good time of the day to relax a bit.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Your front porch looks a lot like mine! Gotta love that country life, and you express it beautifully with this poem!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for joining me on my front porch. At the moment, the weather is lovely and please enjoy a glass of cool sweet tea or non-sweet, whichever is your preference!

      Yes, gotta love this country life. I appreciate your wonderful comments as to my poem.

      You are so kind and generous here.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I walked over to an angel

      on her front porch..

      her smile was enchanting ..

      her beautiful face had me mesmerized

      as she looked at me

      a twinkle in her eyes .. lit up her face

      I thought I saw honey ...

      dripping from her Southern lips

      she was an angel on earth..

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      nmdonders 3 years ago

      That was beautiful. I'm glad I came across this :) Thanks for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Michael,

      So glad for your visit to my front porch. Jackie was here a bit ago enjoying that cool glass of sweat tea. Please come and sit and enjoy the serenity of the countryside and the smell of the sweet lavender in the air. You had a long trip just to sit on my porch with me and enjoy this evening.

      Thank you for leaving such a poetic comment, such as you do. Very sweet.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello nmdonders,

      So nice to meet you and come and sit with me and enjoy the view from my front porch.

      Thank you for stopping by to read and leave the "beautiful" comment.

      I appreciate you.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith,

      You are so blessed to command such a captivating, panoramic view from your quaint domicile; how lovely indeed is your poem about such salubrious surroundings in an equally romantic part of the Southern Americas.

      Dolly Parton has such a fine attitude to life, as well as being a beauty with such a pretty voice - I heard she opened a theme park to give employment to the local folk in which it was built, and provide endless enjoyment for families on their break.

      I hope that you had a good week, and enjoying a peaceful weekend with your little one ( I hear you, regarding the technical glitches you've been experiencing - I've had similar trouble since posting that Resurrection Hub a few days' ago :)

      Your chosen photos are a joy, and your poetry really imbibed the horizon from your eyes, soaking up , and translating that experience to your reader very well.Thank you for sharing.

      With Warmest Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos,

      Always a joy when you stop by to read, and I am glad you have stopped by to enjoy the view from my front porch! It looks as though it was very the very last part of Winter or very early Spring, for the leaves on the trees had not returned, yet the grass over in the pasture was green. My yard and flowers looked a bit scarce.

      Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes, I have been having a good bit of computer glitches and my computer may very well go down once again in just a few minutes. I hope to catch up to reading all of the great hubs I have missed, including your great poetry!

      Yes, Dolly has a lovely voice, and she did open such a theme park. We went once when my children were very young.

      I do not have the grands up this weekend, but they are all well!

      I am glad you enjoyed the photos.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful view you must have and what a lovely command of the language to express what you see and feel.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Flourish for digging this one up. I appreciate your lovely comment so much. The photos were taken in very early spring that year and so not much was in bloom, but the rolling pastures at least had started turning green. We love it here since moving from the city in which I still work over six years ago. It is truly peaceful and serene.

      Blessings for a wonderful week ahead.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      The view from your front porch is peaceful and serene. You've created a pictorial beauty in this lovely poetry to match.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That is a beautiful view, I wish mine showed that. All I see is my yard and a road. Those were lovely words too, you really painted a picture with them Faith. The song was a match also. I voted it up and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Peg,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to visit and sit with me on my front porch. Would you like some lemonade or sweet tea and scones? I am glad you found my poetry lovely. These photos were taken in very early spring so no leaves were even on the trees yet, and the flowers not much in bloom yet, but there is a hint of green. We do love the serenity of living here after we moved from the city six years ago. For the first four years of our living here, we did have a redheaded woodpecker that would peck on a tree right in front of our porch, but I have not seen him in a couple of years. I remember being so much in awe at his beauty and being able to see him up close.

      Have a lovely weekend

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kevin,

      So glad you enjoyed the view and thank you for your kind comments as to my poem. I tried to capture the sights and sounds while sitting on my front porch. Those photos were really taken too early in spring before the leaves were even on the trees, but glad you like them. I am glad you enjoyed the song ... yes, it seemed to fit the front porch theme well here.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and pin.

      Have a great weekend.

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