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Deep in my Northeast Kingdom .........verse

Updated on December 27, 2014

I watch almost without breathing as the fire of winter
afternoon spreads rather quickly across
hillsides outside of the "bog "
turning the spruce forest golden
and the tamaracks even brighter
leaving the low lands shadowed
from the early dusk's
lonely sun

Winter time tends to shake up the normal
happenings in this forest as if
time is placed in a brown paper bag
and then drops the surprises
on the woodsy surface
before me

I do love the sounds of this quick moving
Moose river
before the cold weather freezes over
the tranquility offered freely
is soaked up just as greedily
as would be in summer
and right now there is no
one else in my valley

I know ........I call it my valley
and yet it seems sometimes the loneliest
place on earth especially in winter
but that's just fine with me
solitude is my
secret lover you see
and this tryst is but a hour
greedily stolen again and again
and again from the
trappings of life

Once , back in the sixties a large area of the "northeast kingdom "was going to be flooded for a hydro- dam , a power project by the Army Corp of Engineers, before the United States government could purchase the land though , the state of Vermont stepped in and purchased it . Thereby turning into one of the largest wildlife management area's in the north east . This area is in the sparsely populated northeast quadrant of the state of Vermont , in New England .


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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      I am blessed to have such great friends here ! And although anyone can say " Yes , but you've never met hubbers face to face " It doesn't matter a bit , Thank you all for sharing as we all do !...........Ed

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Ed - Another beautiful piece. I agree with Ms Dora about the line, "Solitude is my secret lover." (such a perfect line and such a truth for many of us) And I agree with Audrey about the measured and audible cadence of your lines....lovely. SHARING.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a blessing that your beautiful valley was saved for all to enjoy.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Your cadences are beautiful in this piece--like breathing

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was just wonderful and full of great imagery. Passing this on.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Only one word here: beautiful !!!!

      Wishing you a wonderful run up to the New Year Ed.


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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Solitude is my secret lover." Beautiful phrases and lines but this one is especially meaningful to me. Thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful verse, love the picture..

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Hi Eric , They do ! However Mt. Washington , Adams and Jefferson , and possibly Madison I believe . All in New Hampshire , My campsite is on the border between Vermont and New Hampshire . This photo was taken last December ......:-}

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      John Marshall 2 years ago from glasgow

      Beautifully worded,great hub.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You are the master at this. Beautiful imagery!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I could feel the chill and hear the silence, excellent!

      (those mountains look Western to me not like mount Washington - must be my dotage)