Beauty of Nature Poem

Painting A Picture With Words

Hi I'm Lesley, a retired teacher enjoying my three grandchildren. I started writing poetry seriously when my eleven year old daughter, Heather died suddenly in the Spring of 1995. I was able to express my feelings through verse and this helped me come to terms with the massive hole that she left in my world. So a lot of my poems mix sadness and happiness. Nature and friendship are also important to me, the beauty around us and within us.

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Analysis of Form and Technique

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Published: March 2013

If I could take a brush and paint the mountains and the moors,
I would splash the hillsides yellow and cover them in gorse.
I'd take the finest needle and the darkest thread of green
And sew a line of bracken along the landscape. In-between

I'd lay a purple carpet of wild heather in the dells
And fringe the edge of all the woods with their pretty lilac bells.
I'd merge the bracken with the heather, mix their colours like the sea,
A green and purple ocean on my own rich tapestry.

Then I'd take a ball of soft, white wool and stitch a mass of daisy chains
Around the lush green meadows and up the sides of winding lanes.
I would stencil on the marshes, just like pure white china cups,
Some fragile water lilies and by the ponds, sweet buttercups.

I'd mix orange, reds and yellows planting poppies wild and free
Onto nature's coloured canvas, my own rich tapestry.

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Techniques this poem uses:

  • It follows the AABB rhyming pattern, where the last words of every two lines rhyme with each other.

    If I could take a brush and paint the mountains and the moors A
    I would splash the hillsides yellow and cover them in gorse. A
    I'd take the finest needle and the darkest thread of green B
    And sew a line of bracken along the landscape. In between B

    Read more about rhyme schemes.
  • It paints a picture by using descriptive words. This helps readers feel as though they are part of the setting.

    I'd lay a purple carpet of wild heather in the dells.
    I'd take a ball of soft, white wool and stitch a mass of daisy chains.
    I'd mix orange, reds and yellows planting poppies wild and free.

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