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Milkmaid

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The girl’s far treble, muted to the heat,
calls like a fainting bird across the fields
to where her flock lies panting for her voice,
their black horns buried deep in marigolds.

They climb awake, like drowsy butterflies,
and press their red flanks through the tall branched grass,
and as they go their wandering tongues embrace
the vacant summer mirrored in their eyes.

Led to the limestone shadows of a barn
they snuff their past embalmed in the hay,
while her cool hand, cupped to the udder’s fount,
distils the brimming harvest of their day.

Look what a cloudy cream the earth gives out,
fat juice of buttercups and meadow-rye;
the girl dreams milk within her body’s field
and hears, far off, her muted children cry.

 

– Laurie Lee

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22nd June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1932 Prunella Scales (actress)

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Died:

1987 Fred Astaire (dancer and actor)

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On This Day:

1977 “The Rescuers” released by Walt Disney

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Have a good Friday, 22nd June

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Apples

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Behold the apples’ rounded worlds:
juice-green of July rain,
the black polestar of flowers, the rind
mapped with its crimson stain.

The russet, crab and cottage red
burn to the sun’s hot brass,
then drop like sweat from every branch
and bubble in the grass.

They lie as wanton as they fall,
and where they fall and break,
the stallion clamps his crunching jaws,
the starling stabs his beak.

In each plump gourd the cidery bite
of boys’ teeth tears the skin;
the waltzing wasp consumes his share,
the bent worm enters in.

I, with as easy hunger, take
entire my season’s dole;
welcome the ripe, the sweet, the sour,
the hollow and the whole.

 

– Laurie Lee

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21st June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1982 Prince William (Duke of Cambridge – son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana)

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Died:

2003 Leon Uris (author)

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On This Day:

2003 Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix is released

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Have a good Thursday, 21st June

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Countryside Tracks

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It’s hard to find countryside tracks in cities
With the smell of straw, with the awesome smell of virginity
Where intertwined are the truths
The truths of the earth and universe.

However, under the tiles of civil manners
You could discover the ancient messages
Of the straw, the earth and childhood
The entire divine code of the starship.

 

– Vladimir Marku

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20th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1909 Errol Flynn (actor)

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Died:

1947 Bugsy Siegel (gangster)

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On This Day:

1863 West Virginia becomes the 35th State of the USA

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Have a good Wednesday, 20th June

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Countryside

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Cruising through the country side
Breathing country air
Old barns have given up the ghost
But you know, the charm’s still there.

Might see a cow ‘long side the road
A sheep herd passing through
Cowboys riding on horseback
Herd dogs are barking too.

Open space and dreams undone
Keep calling out to me
The history and the beauty
Are there for us to see.

 

– Marilyn Lott

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Dramatic sky over countryside on springtime in Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, England UK