Backlit by rugged grey rock, a mountain stream’s liquid silver ribbon,
slowly winds it’s way to a valley floor,
a variegated profusion of rich purple and soft pink flowering heather,
embellishes a windswept highland moor.
a remote beach cove, sculpted by the sea to the shape of an oyster shell,
comprising of sand grains of purest white,
shallow pellucid turquoise blue water with sparkling metallic diamonds,
reflect the sun’s candescent light,

Glittering wet obsidian black rocks governed by daily tidal rhythms,
decorated with green and red dulse seaweed,
an industrious sea otter shakes crystal droplets of water from his coat,
and settles down to feed,
in an isolated glen awaits a welcoming bothy with a white thatch roof,
bleached by Scottish weather,
the decorative speckled head with red waffles of a native grouse,
appears above hibernating brown winter heather.

An evanescent artist’s palette rainbow accentuates a castle as it alights,
on an outlying rocky piece of land,
against an imposing scenic backdrop of magisterial dark austere mountains,
the remote scene breathtakingly grand,
ebony still water reflects a reverse mirror image of copper tinted conifers,
created by a cirrocumulus mackerel sky,
the lower green moss covered rocks of the Glencoe mountains softened,
where smoke grey nebulous dawn mist lies.

Woodland autumnal leaves of green, burnished copper and rich amber,
highlighted by a setting golden sun,
across a windswept snowy glen with exposed shadowy hillocks,
a brown hare speckled with winter white runs,
with ever changing weather, wildlife, fauna and soaring mountainous vistas,
all that you loved so dear,
when I think of, visit or look at Scotland, so full of breathtaking natural beauty,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

A much loved husband and father, James Farthing 1949 – 2018


A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.

My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of Scotland.

My poems have been very well recieved at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.


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