Monday, 5 November 2012

The Homey's from Poetry Cottage

Image (Winter memories)

I would like to introduce you to Mother and Father (Ma and Pa) Homey. They are a sweet couple whom I visit often in my imagination. You are probably familiar with them yourselves (whether they live in England or across the pond, whether they say 'tomato' or 'tomayto', 'favor' or 'favour', whether they use the 'garden tap' or the 'faucet'), the Homey's have a special place in our hearts. They live in a shabby, but well-loved and cared-for home, with a large English style cottage garden in which they grow all sorts of vegetables for the table. I hope you will enjoy our little visits to poetry cottage.

Autumn Dinner

Mother's an idea for comforting stew
- A very old recipe grandmother knew -
She saw through the window how wind whipped the trees
Snatching the last of their coppery leaves
She saw Father bending his back to its bite
Making the most of the afternoon light
Which sparkled the silvery hair 'neath his cap
And the northerly wind made his old muffler flap
She saw the gnarled hands and those lines on his face
A man made of dignity, godliness, grace
Her heart skipped a beat and she set to prepare
The comforting stew with her love and her care

The flour-coated pieces of beef on the side
She adds to the onions and garlic she fried
Hot stock and vegetables, simmer away
Ready to serve at the end of the day

And Father is finished, he leans on his spade
Tired but pleased with the progress he's made
And sniffing the air, his weariness wanes
Forgetting the cold and his aches and his pains

And there in the kitchen, gives Mother a kiss
A good stew, a good wife, a life that is bliss 

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  1. I loved this adorable poem and the pretty picture that went with it! I've been reading your blog now for about a month, and it has become one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Oh what a delightful poem! As I read it, I was smiling at the picture it was painting in my mind. Thank you for the lovely post :)


  3. Thank you so much both of you, for your kind comments. They are so encouraging

  4. What a lovely poem,I love your blog more each time I visit.

  5. Oh thank you so much Rosemary. I hope to write some more about the Homey's soon