that cottage on the hill

Greetings, my dear digital friends!

This week’s poem was an exercise in tone.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and incorporates some truly enigmatic poetic devices for those who love to go digging for such pearlescent treats. hehe

Sarcastic egotism aside, this poem was an exercise in tone.

Read through it one time. React. Then re-read the poem. And I wonder if perhaps you’ll see the tone become lighter? darker? perhaps even a wee bit winsomer?

OK. Now I am just being silly. Hope you enjoy this poem!

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts / feelings / reactions to this poem in the Comments / Leave A Reply section at the bottom of this page.

-PS Conway ☘️ ☘️ ☘️

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that cottage on the hill

that cottage on the hill

we always marveled at such idyll

midst the trees

the verdant grass

the views must have been to die for

i always imagine those times way back

the innocence of lilac

you never much cared for that scent

made you sneeze, you said

muddled your head with allergies

or perhaps existential opacity

expectations change with context

i recall how vexed

we were the day we scaled that hill

to distrust distance

as an arbiter of truth

allow proximity to reveal what was real

that cottage on the hill

was less a house, more a cairn

overgrown with grass and weeds and decay

i recall it made you cry

when your realized

this summit unveiled a bird’s-eye view of a landfill


  1. Oh how imagined expectations can be dashed by reality!
    The poem definitely got darker and the ending a shock but I loved it anyway.

    1. Reality can definitely disappoint sometimes, eh? So glad you loved it. As always, thank you so much, Sandie. 🙏🏻🙏🏻☘️☘️☘️🌹

  2. “Expectations change with context”. The middle verse is the theme of this poem. You take us from “idyll” at the beginning to “landfill” at the end. That was a very sneaky shift Pat! Well played.

    1. Guilty as charged! I love scattering breadcrumbs like that… and love it even more when they are discovered!! You rock, Naomi. Thanks, my friend. 💚🙏🏻🌹🍷✨

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