Country Life

I lived in a country house

A post war semi

Built in famers’ fields

It qualifies

Garden back and front

Green fields all around

A mile from town

I lived in a country house


In London

Thank God for Clapham Common

A vast expanse of green to walk and play

The concentrated clutter of a city

Made bearable by

A space for light of day


I live in a country house

Near Stirling town

A 70s semi on a farmer’s field

 A railway running by

Hills that reach the sky

A quiet spot

A quiet country house


Nothing grand

An ordinary dwelling

But set in fields where cattle chewed the cud

And everything is human sized

No city pressure here

Here the pace is gentleness

And life goes as it should


Brian Fahy

15 March 2022

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