The equidistant flowing lines of flourishing chartreuse green seedlings,
follow the curves and contours of the land,
the wide range of colour, texture and drainage differences in topsoils,
comprising of clay, chalk and sand,
studiously tending the shoots of emergent lissom crops as they grow,
developing into a field of lush emerald green,
gradually strengthening and ripening to a rippling golden yellow,
when the summer sun has been.

A field verge embellished with delicate multicoloured wild meadow flowers,
under a quintessential azure blue sky,
heading to coastal feeding grounds, a fluid elongated V of calling geese,
flying overhead quite high,
carried on light transient wind from distant undulating shadowed hills,
comes the sound of plaintive sheep,
a field transformed by a complex map of individual bird and rabbit tracks,
when winter snow is deep.

Sitting in a large modern computerised, air conditioned tractor,
powerful, complex and grand,
remembering the hard metal seat of the small grey open topped Fergie,
that used to till the land,
the coming weather used to be determined by observing changes in nature,
and watching the colour of the sky,
at a vibrant pink setting sun, a moon’s silver encompassing iridescent halo,
or white clouds’ mares tails flying high.

A distant field of giant-sized golden cotton reels with straw as their silken thread,
collect lengthening shadows from the sun,
dark brown furrows tinted with sparkling white frost as across a ploughed field,
a solitary brown hare swiftly runs,
with the wind and sun on your face, appreciating the special beauty of the land,
and animals you loved so dear,
whenever I see a combine harvesting grain or livestock grazing summer fields,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

A much loved husband and father, James Farthing 1940 – 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 farming.

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


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