The mirrored surface of the flowing water ripples with a series of
expanding liquid silver O’s,
a fish attempting to catch flies on the sunlit surface then diving into
dark still water below,
the elegant arching of the rod and the clean whipping sound of the line
as it soars past overhead,
before landing and being carried in the gently flowing currents of the
wide shallow river bed.

The distinctive whirring sound of the reel’s circular spool casting into 
turbulent pewter grey sea,
 standing in receding wave shallows, the ebb and flow of the tidal water 
dictating where to be,
 northerly winds with the icy metallic scent of forthcoming snow blow  
    undisturbed across a deserted beach,
the only other inhabitants monochrome oystercatchers call as they fly, 
  seemingly just out of reach.

After winter’s restful slumber in the lengthening days of spring, fly 
  fishing comes to the fore,
all too soon the transitory summer season cools and becomes autumn 
  leaving you wanting more,
fly fishing a crystal clear fast flowing stream wearing tall olive green 
     waders and muted patterned tweeds,
 knowledge of the fish, weather, local area and fly fishing expertise are 
   required if you are to succeed.

A khaki seat tackle box contains an assortment of hooks, multicoloured 
fishing beads and bait,
on a calm day with nebulous white mist lightly resting on the water, the 
 tranquil scene captivates,
feeling the wind and sun, the serenity of salt and freshwater fishing,
    an interest you loved so dear,
whenever I see the silhouette of a person fishing, whether river, lake or sea,
  this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

Beloved Husband James Farthing 1929 – 2017

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 joy of fishing as a professional or hobby.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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