A Cotswold Village

A broad street, with grassy banks                                                                                                     And cobbled walkways either side,                                                                                                   Lined by trees with gnarled old trunks,                                                                                           Viewed from windows with leaded lights.

Squat little houses with solid walls                                                                                                     Of pale, blond stone, and slated roofs.                                                                                               Bow-windowed shops, their doors with bells                                                                                   That tinkle merrily at slightest touch.

A coaching in with colourful sign                                                                                                         To welcome travellers from afar,                                                                                                       Beckoning them in to spend some time                                                                                           By the cheerful warmth of an old log fire.

An ancient church, set back from the road,                                                                                     Approached through lychgate, black with age,                                                                                 Past grassy mounds and leaning stones,                                                                                         Memorials to folk of long gone days.

The broad street ends – becomes a lane,                                                                                         With woods and fields on either side,                                                                                                 Winding on through changing scene,                                                                                                 Leaving the village far behind.

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