The Clearing

The Clearing

The sound of hooves on gravel
now in the distant past
The ground underfoot became soft
as she reached the clearing at last
Shelter from the noon day sun
was a welcome retreat
She nimbly dismounted her horse
Content to be out of the heat
It was not as she remembered
The foliage thicker, outstretched
She searched for the oak tree
Where their initials were etched 
The old watering trough
where they used to meet
Now hardly visible
and covered in mossy peat
Something always drew her to this place
Why had she come here this day?
Memories relived but soon forgotten
She mounted and rode away
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
In response to Sue Vincent's Thursday Write/Photo  - Shade

Word Prompt 

  18 comments for “The Clearing

  1. May 2, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    This is lovely, Christine! 🙂💞

    • Christine Bolton
      May 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much. I worry that I turn everything into a story 😏

      • May 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm

        You are welcome, dear! 💞
        I do the same! 😂😂

  2. May 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I love how you weave stories through your poems, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Sue. I can’t seem to help myself 🙂

      • May 2, 2019 at 1:45 am

        And why should you? 😉

  3. April 30, 2019 at 3:28 am

    A nostalgic journey

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Thank you! Yes, I find myself doing this from time to time. 🙂

      • April 30, 2019 at 10:34 am

        We all do. The young ones not that much but the older we get , the past beckons us more and more.

      • Christine Bolton
        April 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm

        So true Sadje. Sometimes returning to a favorite place and trying to replicate those feelings turns out to be a disappointment. Best to just remember! 🙂💕

      • April 30, 2019 at 1:23 pm

        I agree. The truth is that we cannot go back in past so we should let it stay there in our fond memories.

  4. April 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    This is lovely Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Thank you dear Hélène 💕 I hope you are well. i miss your weekly prompt but understand how much work is involved.

      • April 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm

        Personal matter need my attention right now, maybe I will resume the prompt at a future time. Thank you Christine.

      • Christine Bolton
        April 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm


  5. April 29, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Sad but quiet memories

    • Christine Bolton
      April 29, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Yes, a time to reflect I think 🙂💕

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