Far From The Madding Crowd

We can all relate to this poem by Nixon Waterman. There are times when we all need to escape the busyness of the city and enjoy the peace of the country, the peace of nature surrounding us. The only sounds you hear are the wind in the trees, the songs of the birds. Relax and just watch the clouds go by! Reading the poem brings memories to mind.

Far From The Madding Crowd
by Nixon Waterman

"It seems to me I'd like to go
Where bells don't ring, nor whistles blow;
Nor clocks ner'er strike, nor gongs ne'er sound,
But where there's stillness all around.

No real still stillness- just the trees'
Low whispering, or the croon of bees;
The drowsy tinkling of the rill,
Or twilight song of whippoorwill.

'Twould be a joy could I behold
The dappled fields of green and gold,
Or in the cool, sweet clover lie
And watch the cloud-ships drifting by.

I'd like to find some quaint old boat,
And fold its oars, and with it float
Along the lazy, limpid stream
Where water-lilies drowse and dream.

Sometimes it seems to me I must
Just quite the city's din and dust
And get out where the sky is blue;
And say, how does it seem to you?"

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