…In the country
When time to bed and
time to rise becomes irrelevant;
Morning coffee becomes midday coffee,
Breakfast turns into brunch.
Translates: Drop by the small shop
When taking a shower is not a priority,
Why waste water; when you’re soon going to be drenched
in sweat and stink like a polecat with all the building projects,
Besides you have sauna invitations lined up from neighbours.
Summer holiday project
When you don’t need much from the shops
B’cause you can pick fruit and veg from the garden,
Milk from neighbours with cows,
Eggs from neighbours with chickens,
Bread, you can knead and bake your own.
This year’s harvest
When you take pleasure in the sounds of nature;
Grasshopper sound is musical,
Bee buzzing nearby signals a visitor to arrive soon,
Butterfly landing on your shoulder is symbolic,
Soon you delude yourself with your poetic abilities.
I’ve been touched by a butterfly
You know for sure that you are in the country;
When you don’t need to invite anyone but
You always have someone dropping by.
You now drink coffee from the small tea cups
B’cause you can’t tell how many times you’ll have to consume
The cup of jolt with each guest dropping by.
Tea Party country style…
When your friend calls to say they’ve heard
From someone you don’t remember,
Who also heard from someone you don’t know
That you are in the country,
Small town news travels fast.
Rented sheep for kids’ amusement
When what’s happening outdoors is
More interesting than what’s indoors.
You spend copious amount of hours
In the garden with binoculars, scanning and zooming
The birds riding bicycles down the road.
A good place to sit
Oh! bless the indolence;
As you sit under the tree curious about passersby,
You suddenly see dust rise up fast on gravel road
An ambulance rushes by, a police car follows suit
Now, it’s time to get on your bike
In order to hear it from the horse’s mouth.
Mode of Transport
You stop to attend to a ring phone
Why carry darn thing in the first place,
A necessary nuisance, it is.
You learn that Touch Rugby practice starts sooner than usual,
You’ll have to abandon the ambulance story
As you’ll sure hear about it before end of the day,
Such is holiday in the countryside.
Aah! sauna at last.