The Norfolk Broads

The distinctive high peaked shape of a vintage wherry’s large rectangular,
singular white canvas sail,
delicately feeding on purple thistle flowers the gossamer yellow and blue,
of the rare swallowtail,
the early morning beauty of glistening iridescent dew crystal prisms,
on a diaphanous spider’s web,
a yacht patiently waits at the wide open expanse of Breydon Water,
for the incoming tidal water to ebb.

The exquisite lemon coloured flowers of an isolated rare fen orchid,
bloom unobserved across distant marsh,
a small companionable herd of Polish dun coloured konik ponies,
studiously trimming tall fenland grass,
the pellucid melody of a small brown reed warbler hidden among reed stems,
heard but rarely seen,
a resplendent male great crested grebe in flamboyant summer plumage,
resting on a river bank to preen.

Reminiscent of Monet, pure white flowering waterlilies float serenely,
on the dark waters of Cockshoot Broad,
a traditional rich mahogany and white coloured sailing yacht rests,
just recently moored,
the landscape painted with sparkling frost after an indigo black winter night,
glittering and clear,
accentuating the peaceful silence of the slumbering Broads and wildlife,
at this tranquil time of year.

Resting on a lissom green reed, the captivating Broads hawker dragonfly,
with decorative bands of burnished orange and gold,
the generous emerald green leaves and joyful sunshine yellow flowers,
of a broad-side marsh marigold,
with ever changing weather, wildlife, fauna and smooth waterways and broads,
all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or visit the Norfolk Broads, so full of 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 The Norfolk Broads.

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


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