These Paths and Lanes


These paths and lanes I've walked along

So many times before.

They've barely changed throughout the years;

Still steeped in days of yore.

Old memories cry out to me,

With tales of family lore.

The cottage where my parents lived

Lies empty, looking sad.

I smile as I recall once more

The happy times we had.

But that was oh so long ago,

When I was just a lad.

St Martin's church, with steeple tall,

Stands proudly on the hill.

My uncle Joe once rang those bells,

And they are ringing still.

Old Joe's long gone  he's buried there,

Along with auntie Jill.

The farmland, stretching out for miles,

Has hardly changed at all.

The cattle grazing in the fields

Are just as I recall.

Same trees  the ones I used to climb 

Still stand there, by the wall.

I turn, then walk back to my car

Parked down beside the green.

I think about the friends I had,

Now gone, or never seen.

A one-hour drive and I'll be home.

She'll ask, "Where have you been?"

Copyright © Robert Haigh 2017


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djtj's picture

Nice Trip

A nice trip down the lane.  I liked this smooth read.

darkpool's picture

I appreciate how you make

I appreciate how you make such vivid and intimate imagery with smooth and simple phrasing. Oh yes, the colors in your photo are equally vivid.

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Thank you for your visit, and for your kind words.

Cascade's picture

A smooth and eloquent ride

A smooth and eloquent ride through your poetry album, dear poet. I definitely enjoyed my visit Smile 

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Thank you

Thank you, Cascade, for reading and commenting. Glad you enyoyed the read.

allets's picture

What A Walk In Memories

I went wit you each step, each tree, each name. A good recalling while on sight - where have you been? Everywhen. :D



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Thank you

Thank you for taking the walk with me, Stella. Glad you liked it.

word_man's picture

i do that from time to time,i

i do that from time to time,i guess everything changes but i wonder if i`ts really progress

ron parrish

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Some changes are not for the better, so it is not always progress. We can't prevent change, of course, and some of it is for the good. Thanks for reading and commenting.

word_man's picture

you`re welcome

you`re welcome

ron parrish