Writer's retreat

Writer's retreat

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Frost Place, New Hampshire USA

We're currently on holiday touring the East coast of the US. I've been posting about our travels on Tales of a Kitchen Herbwife. One of the accidental places we visited was the Robert Frost Museum and Poetry Centre in Franconia. This is my tribute to the poet.

The Frost Place
Your woods I walked today
Red apples shimmering in the sun
Birch and fir tall sentinels
Maple and alder lining the ground with red and gold.

Fat raindrops fell glistening from branches
White stoles wrapped themselves around mountains
As we sat on your porch
Edged with purple aster
Four years of your life laid out within the modest home.

You found it too cold to grow
In dark, New Hampshire winters
Forty four acres not enough
To feed your growing family

You thought to farm
Bur your successful pen brought better fruit
Sat beside the fire
Writing of bending birch
Discarded apples on trees
Your arms and shoulders aching from their picking.

Yet you knew your fields
Sweet whispers of scythes
Penned for your posterity
You left the hay to make itself
Hopeful of summer's heat

As we stood
Grateful for sun,
A welcome respite from torrential rain
Allowing us to walk in your woods
Share in your works
Drinking the colours of fall
Amidst white mountains.

11.15am 3/10/11.


  1. Hello I just came across your blog and was really moved by your work. What a refreshing change it is to read some work with substance and which comes from the heart. I really enjoyed reading this and I would like to follow you. I am a Mindfulness practitioner and scholar of Tibetan Buddhism so I guess my work is very much around healing and warmth maybe you could check out my blog its always nice to have opinions. Thanks Julie

  2. Hi Julie, how nice to hear from you. Sounds like we have a lot in common. My best friend and her husband are Buddhist priests in Sheffield. You'll find more about my healing practices on my other blog.I check out your blog when I'm back in the UK.

  3. I really like your poem and am hoping that during the dark winter months you will be writing some more stories for us:) Hope you are enjoying your trip to the US - I love New England at this time of the year.