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Field Fever...

Field Fever...

I must go down to the fields again, to the trails so rough and wild

And all I ask is strong legs and the day to be soft and mild;

And the dry tracks and a flat route and the green leaves shaking,

And rose-tipped clouds in a clear blue sky, and a bright dawn breaking.

I must go down to the fields again, for the call of the running way,

Is a wild call and a clear call that always, we must obey;

And all I ask is my feet landing light, and my breathing to be steady

And the long rest on the Injury Couch, ensuring that I am ready.

I must go down to the fields again, to the running wild and free.

To the rooks in their nests, and the grazing sheep, and the distant hills to see;

And all I ask is to do this run, for the feeling of being alive,

Just watch for a post tomorrow, to see that I have survived :)

PS

Apologies to John Masefield

PPS

I did survive...post follows :)

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Lovely post Oldfloss. You have the weather so thats a great start.

Like you I have ventured out for a run this morning post sickness couch. Lovely run, not far, not fast but I ran, because I can 😀🏃🏻‍♀️💪🏻

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Yeay!!!!! Go you.. we survive to run another day!!!!!

Well done xxx

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As someone who used to live & work on boats, but is now a firm landlubber, this made me chuckle a lot!

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Always nice to make folk smile :)

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Ha ha, love it Floss 😀 JM would be pleased to hear himself bring reprised I'm sure. Glad you lived to tell the tale 🙂

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Thanks.. just a bit of fun.. and I added the pikkie and PS when I returned unscathed :) So glad to be out there again!!

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What a fab post. You are our very own Poet in Residence and we love you. :)

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Thank you so much... xxx

Just so glad to be out there and really not feeling too unfit :) Post will follow :)

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LOVE IT! ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! :)

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:) I am just glad I survived !!! Slow and steady.. as ever.. :)

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Beautiful, scans so well! I also had a lovely run this morning, along the canal, a bit windy but the trees sheltered me for part of the way. Great day for it.

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Thanks..JM certainly knew his stuff! It was a beautiful morning..glad you had a,good run..it sounds lovely..🙂

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Did you know it's World Poetry Day today? :) So apt!

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No..! Oooo I had better write an original...!!😃

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Ooh yes please! We love Old Floss Originals 😊

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:) x

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That's beautiful Floss. Am so pleased you're off the old SC and running again 🤗 x

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Thanks Your Maj'...not sure whether I am A1..but..well enough for a jogette!🙂

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A jogette is always good 😊 x

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Love your poetry Oldfloos. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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Just a giggle... so glad to be off the IC.... hoping to stay off it for a while :)

Thank youx

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Is Tomas calling you an old floos !! ??!!

Well done floss you clever thing! A great new version! Will look forward to reading your post!😊

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Oooo! Am I a Floos or an old floos or an old floosie :) ?

Love it. :)

Soooo glad to have done a little jogette, ( slow and steady) today Alixxxx

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Wasn't going to say floosie!!!

But as you said it that's ok!!! 😆😊xxx

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I used to have a pair of Christmas socks, bought by a friend, with Festive Floosie written on, but Mr Oldfloss did not like them.. :) Tee heex

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Ha ha Floos on the loose ! :-D xxx

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Watch out world.. It is Spring you know :) x

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Wahey ! You're back , fab !

Great stuff our lovely Floss , all's well that ends well :-) xxx

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Hoping so PP.. I was beginning to really dislike the IC; although, I think the enforced general slowing down of me, actually has helped :)

Thanks you xxxx

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Brilliant stuff. So glad you're back and off the IC. Soon you'll be speeding off again (no grey snail any more) and entertaining us with your running tales and poems. I for one am really looking forward to them!

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Thanks.. so glad to be off the IC.. I hope to stay off it now for a while :) x

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One of your best Oldfloss...and I am a huge fan of the original! So glad you are back out there.😀x

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I am too!!

I loved it, as a little girl.. it sounded so wild and exciting... I used to imagine myself sailing across a storm tossed sea in a small sailing boat with a little light shining at the front... I don't think I understood it really..until I was much, much older :)

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Me neither, but it moves me on both levels - final journey and all. I shared those storm tossed dreams too and still recite it (a little inaccurately) whenever I am near the sea!🙂

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Wow.. wonderful to know how we have empathy with each other on the forum...:)

It pops into my head when I am at the sea side... and now we have got our little holiday home by the sea now.. even more so ..especially on misty mornings...My Nan used to recite it to me when I was small... along with, Break, break, break,

on thy cold gray stones, oh sea....

No wonder I have a vivid imagination ...:)

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Had to check that one but oh, good ol' Tennyson! Now he knew how to tell a story...I thought The Lady of Shalott was THE most romantic poem ever.."Out flew the web and floated wide, the mirror cracked from side to side; 'The curse is come upon me' cried the Lady of Shalott." Wonderful stuff!☺

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Oh totally.... ! Need to fish that out again now :)

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I love this poem too Sandra. Also Poe's "Annabel Lee" especially this bit,

"And neither the Angels in heaven above

Nor the demons down under the sea

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee".

Love it.

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Breathtakingly, heart-breakingly, wonderful... :) I love the long ballads, the story poems of childhood... sigh x

I have fished out a load of my poetry books and when I have finished jobs today, as it is cold and really raining so hard, I am going to curl up and have a good old read :)

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Did you have a nice day reading floss? It was dire here too so we went to the cinema to see "Viceroy's House". We've never been to the cinema in the afternoon before but we really enjoyed it 😊

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Oh wow.. that looks so good...glad you enjoyed it... Ah, my reading day?

Hmmm... well Little Mum and Babe took over really.. so out buying high chairs and entertaining small one has been the order of the day.. I am about to curl up now for a read of a few golden Oldies...:)

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What happened to you Oldfloss

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Oops that sent before I meant it to. I think I must have missed something in the couple of weeks I was off the forum

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Tee hee.. I am always doing that, sending half or odd messages to folk... !

Errr, not sure what you missed.... well I fell in October and broke a couple of ribs, four days after my daughter, Little Mum had her baby daughter... so apart from Grammy duties which were most days really, and my elliptical cross-trainer to keep me from seizing up... no running.. and I then got caught by the pesky Bronchiaosaurus!!! who got so many of us late Jan'... again ..no running outside, just used the cross trainer when I felt human enough.. cleared that and then blimey that pesky lurgy got me again!!!

So, because my running means so much more to me than just running.. I have got a tad low.. . good job I have the small runner in training to keep me grounded:)

And on the plus side, I have kept walking, usually with a pram, averaging 45 miles a week!!! Not like me to get low, but I was, so, so glad to go out yesterday and still be able to move faster than a walk :)

Bet you are sorry you asked now !!! x

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No no not at all! I knew about your ribs but not your extended lurgy. Glad you are feeling better and that it was nothing worse.

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x

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I really smiled as I read that this morning Oldfloss prior to my w4r2, Thank you!

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Welcome...! :) Hope you had a great run.. absolutely tipping down here now!

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Oh, I love your poem OldFloss, very clever adaptation. Love the original, one of my favourites. Love the rhythm and 'feel' of it just like the ebb and flow of rolling waves. Glad you are able to enjoy a run in the fields again. :)

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Me too, oh me too... I love it... and I was so so glad to get out yesterday!!! x

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And this from Spike Milligan:

I must go down to the sea today, the beautiful sea and sky,

I left my vest and socks there, I wonder if they're dry?

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I know that one... love it :) I have his book Little Pot Boiler :) x

No soul... some folk xxxx :)

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