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Oley Valley

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Elizabeth Santos
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Pennsylvania


0 posted 02-14-2011 12:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos




Who carved this fertile valley
With an old and rustic plow?
Who worked til barren bone and sweat
Were painted on their brow?

Who carved a living out of mud
And iron out of ore?
Who’s lasting faith and tenets would
Perspire from every pore?

Who built a farmhouse out of stone
A living out of grain
A family epic out of love
Survival out of pain?

It was the staunch Moravian
The Huguenot, the Swede
It was the German artisan
The land and fertile seed

It was conviction, strength and faith
That conquered life somehow
A furrow ripe for planting
And an old and rustic plow

But it was God, the architect
Creator, good and true
Who carved this fertile valley
Fringed with lovely hills of blue

Elizabeth Santos
© Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
nakdthoughts
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Between the Lines


1 posted 02-14-2011 03:06 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

love it, and Pennsylvania

M
Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


2 posted 02-14-2011 03:49 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

It is so good to read Lady Santos again.

Kudos, Elizabeth, on a comeback well deserved.



OwlSA
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3 posted 02-14-2011 03:57 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

This is absolutely lovely, Liz.  I loved everything about it, especially its ambiance and even more, its truth.

Hope you are feeling well, now.

Owl
Nan
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4 posted 02-14-2011 06:20 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

God indeed - but you bring it to life with your phenomenal quill..
Marchmadness
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So. El Monte, California


5 posted 02-14-2011 07:20 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Glad to see you back, writing your beautiful poetry once again, Elizabeth.
                                  Ida
faithmairee
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6 posted 02-16-2011 05:03 PM       View Profile for faithmairee   Email faithmairee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit faithmairee's Home Page   View IP for faithmairee

I'm German and Swede by birth and born in Pittsbugh, PA so how could i not love this poem called Oley Valley?  Your poem is exceptionally beautiful. Lovely work.

There must be a poem in here somewhere.

ethome
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New Brunswick Canada


7 posted 02-18-2011 04:36 PM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

Beautifully crafted Elizabeth. It flows so smoothly and paints the overview of the area so clearly.

Take Care

Eric

in a relationship the me becomes we.

Alison
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Lumpy oatmeal makes me crazy!


8 posted 02-19-2011 03:36 PM       View Profile for Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

How can I not love this?  I do - like all those who responded before me.  You have such a beautiful way of exprssing yourself through your poetry.

Thank you for sharing with us.
Alison
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America the beautiful


9 posted 08-23-2016 11:51 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Nature, heritage, and history all wrapped up in some gorgeous verses. Thanks for the journey in your words!
 
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