The tranquil cerulean blue sea tinted with sparkling metallic silver diamonds,
on a translucent sunlit day,
looking out over the glittering water from the towering striped brown shale cliffs,
surrounding Robin Hood’s Bay,
the distinctive salty scent of seawater and discarded deep green kelp seaweed,
stranded on the beach,
grey and white fulmars fly on thermal updraughts near tall cliffs beside you,
seemingly just out of reach.

Navigating the sea sculpted cove of Boggle Hole, a smuggler’s secret delight,
climbing up and down steep steps,
highly favoured for Victorian jewellery, the polished obsidian dark beauty,
of the gemstone black Jet,
beached weathered colourful fishing boats painted in bold primary colours,
wait patiently for the next ebbing tide,
an imposing tall curved grey stone seawall, covered in tenacious green weed,
protects the seaward side.

Perched on a high branch, the soft melody of a brown and cream twite’s song,
above the bright orange berries of prickly buckthorn,
the hushed still elegance of resting nebulous smoke grey ethereal mist,
lightly floating on a valley floor at dawn,
a pellucid summer sunrise displays painted brush-strokes of vibrant pink,
above slumbering shaded moorland,
hardy native sheep methodically graze sparse grass on exposed rocky ground,
rugged hills untouched by mans’ hand.

Heather transforms high windswept sparse moorland with a profusion of flowers,
in colourful purple and pink,
a radiant gold and cerise sunset, as behind a shadowed obsidian black hill,
the sun’s orb slowly sinks,
with ever changing weather, wildlife, fauna and soaring mountainous vistas,
all that you loved so dear,
when I think of, visit or look at Yorkshire, 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 Yorkshire.

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


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