At the bottom of the sloping gangway, weathered navy and white crab boats rest 
   side by side,
colourful beach huts in every shade of blue watch the hypnotic ebb and flow of the
   restless tide,
an elegant curve of Georgian houses above an impressive cobbled wall with northerly
   sea views,
transient cumulus clouds and sunlight transform the water’s colour from pewter grey 
      to cerulean blue.

The Victorian pier’s wide wooden boards allow the sight and sound of waves swirling
   under your feet,
a park shelter’s arched windows reveal sweeping panoramic views and a comfortable
    wooden seat,
a narrow street houses a row of fishermens’ cottages made of sea smoothed rounded
    grey stone,
embroidering a golden summer wheat field, the wild scarlet red poppies for which this
     area was renown.

A lighthouse watches over a green valley with a sandy beach path, steep cliffside steps
    leading down,
 silver painted pole railings line the wide sloping clifftop walkways leading down to the
  main town,
the pier and modern lifeboat station are obsidian silhouettes against a twilight sunset of
   metallic gold,
the deserted winter beach sculpted into ripples by a receding tide on a day with a brisk
  wind and cold.

The distinctive sound of a golf club hitting a hard ball comes from an immaculate royal
 golf course,
with spectacular towering clifftop views and decorated in summer with rich golden
  flowering gorse,
 with wide skies and golden beaches, ever-changing weather, light and tides,
   all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or look at Cromer, it’s coastline full of natural beauty,
this brings you closer, brings you ever near.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 – 2017

Poppyland Poet

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