Oh, England,

you green and pleasant land,

your beauty never ceases to instil

a calmness in my hands.


A sense of peace; contentment

within my wandering mind,

a fulfilling feast for longing eyes

that seem always looking behind.


The golden greens of your pastures

covering long and rolling hills,

the succulent scent of your flowers

tickling senses to smile at the thrill.




Ancient forests of lofty bark

so old and yet teeming with life,

bountiful branches that dance in the wind

telling tales of old in their sighs.


Striking coastlines and high cliff-tops,

some sand and some chalky white,

to the weary traveller returning from abroad,

an uplifting and welcoming sight.


As I travel this wide and wonderful world

through deserts of soft sand and snow,

towering mountains and valleys so rich

there is something that says “Time to go!”




For deep in my heart lies a longing

to return to the land I call home,

for she lies in the beat of my aching heart

no matter how far away I may roam.


I will always return to England;

to this green and pleasant land,

may I ever reside in her warming embrace

till the day that we walk hand in hand.




Written by Darren Scanlon, 2nd August 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely. Thanks so much for following my blog. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure, Jennifer.


  2. What a lovely tribute to England. And lovely photos too.
    That ‘land of counterpane’ photo, lower right, is a keeper as is the headline photo.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia, she’s a beautiful lady.

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  3. stevetanham says:

    Lovely words and some wonderful pictures. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure, Steve.


  4. noelleg44 says:

    We’ve visited many times and these are my feelings, too. Currently reading A Tourists Guide to 14th Century England.

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  5. Darren, I’ve traveled a little about my homeland and I feel the same way about her. Thank you for putting it words so eloquently.

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    1. My pleasure, Sharon. She does make it very easy though 😊


  6. olganm says:

    I am no English but I understand.

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    1. Thanks Olga 😊


  7. That is wonderful. My last name is of English heritage and I love that. I long to visit and see the land of my ancestors. The land that gave us King Arthur, knights, and of course J.R.R. Tolkien!

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    1. She’s right here, waiting.


  8. Annie B says:

    Oh Darren, this is splendid. You’ve planted a seed of longing to see the hills of this beloved countryside.

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    1. It never leaves, Annie.

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      1. Annie B says:

        Then travel I must!

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  9. gh0stpupp3t says:

    I love England. ❤ Great poem.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. gh0stpupp3t says:

        No prob Darren 😀


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