The Simple Things | Peter Matthews


The simple things of life delight

Children’s laughter, birds in flight

Grasses swaying in the breeze

Help to make my life of ease


The smell of new mown fields of hay

The rising sun at break of day

Autumn mists and wintry showers

Buzzing bees amongst the flowers


New made beds with smooth clean sheets

The smell of smoke from burning peats

Springtime bulbs just poking through

Summer evening’s barbeque


Horses, sheep, and cows a’mooing

Blushing youngsters all a’wooing

Older couples, hand in hand

Harvests from our fertile land


Wispy clouds just scudding by

Painting pictures in the sky

All these things and so much more

Help make the life that I adore


I count my blessings every day

And thank the Lord in every way

And when I go to bed at night

Considering all that is so right

The simple things of life delight.

Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife in the suburbs of Nottingham, England.  His greatest achievement is that he has aged fairly gracefully but has avoided growing up.  Peter has written poetry from the age of sixteen and blogs regularly at

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