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Walking along the shaded lane…poetry by Soulla Christodoulou


Hello! Welcome back to my poetry blog! This poem was inspired by one of my lazy Sunday walks around the beautiful Kenwood House and its wonderful lush green grounds and open parkland…It was a particularly bright sunny day and there were people spilling across the grass, huddled under the shade of the huge trees, children chasing each other. It was one of those rare but wonderful days to be out in the open air.

I remember sitting in the courtyard of the cafe with my fresh mint tea and a slice of homemade lemon drizzle cake sprinkled with poppy seeds. Under a shady umbrella, the sun still catching my arms, I sat scribbling away in my notebook…something I always carry with me as you never know when inspiration will hit and I always want to be ready…I hope you enjoy it!


Children playing in bare feet

Rosy cheeks aglow in the heat

Up above a sheet of blue

A bird flies by, I lean in kissing you


Holding hands, we stroll along

In my head repeats our song

Our fingers entwined, we walk

Whispering nothings, silly talk


Green rolling mounds climb around us

Grass filled with daisies and buttercups

Ducks quacking, feathers fluff

Climbing the hills with a huff


Boys playing football, girls flying kites

Yellow ribbons, orange stripes

Trees thick with emerald leaves

Foliage, flora and fauna breathes


Picnic hampers, happy sunbathers

Trousers rolled up and petticoat gathers

Flowing summer dresses and flip flops

Girls making daisy chains, boys jumping hop scotch


Dogs excited to be off their leads

Running wildly, chasing bees

A chorus of happy birthday fills the air

The wind blows and I hold my hair


We sit a while, poppy seed lemon cake

Strawberry and rhubarb posh pops take

We people watch, relax a while

You reach across to me and smile


Young girls, first love’s flush

As they feel dreamy and lush

Takes me back to years ago

A teenager in love, a lifetime ago


Walls covered in lichen, all shades of green

A robin red breast pecking is seen

Cream canvas umbrellas a welcome shade bring

Pigeons fight and a magpie sits like a king


A sandwich wrapper catches on the wind

Blows away high, high in the trees

A toddler chases a waddling duck

An old man his newspaper at a wasp chucks


A girl limps past her ankle bandaged

Pain a grimace the bone damaged

I wonder who she’s searching for

But know with you I need no more.

#POEMSC an original poem by Soulla Christodoulou


I really hope you liked this and if you’d like to read more of my poetry, you can download a copy of my collection, Sunshine After Rain, here.

Many thanks for reading, until next time…happy summer days…Soulla x



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