Below a sky so bright and blue,
in a sea of dancing green,
twisting and turning
in a sweet summer dream.

The roar of whooshing waves
through leaves of glistening verde,
a sound so sweet; relaxing,
never forgotten, once heard.

The creak of bending branch
stretching out with old complaint,
the sigh of silent voices
so soft and now so faint.

Nature’s ancient guardians
so lofty and aloof,
stand watch, offer protection,
bending boughs, a living roof.

Splintering hands
reach tall for the sky,
the cool damp earth
feeding leaves upon high.

Arms of teeming life,
cold roots connect the blood,
surviving time’s long arrow,
misused and misunderstood.

Long may silent sentinels live
to watch where once we stood,
atop majestic mountain’s,
down below in distant woods.

Written by Darren Scanlon August 2009.
Revised 5th February 2016.
©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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Darren Scanlon

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website,

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