Farming

The flowing lines of flourishing chartreuse green seedlings 
follow the curved 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 emerging crops as they grow,
    developing into a field of lush emerald green,
gradually strengthening and ripening to a rippling fluid wave 
of yellow when the summer sun has been.

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

Sitting in a prodigious computerised, air conditioned John
Deere tractor powerful, complex and grand,
remembering the hard metal seat of the small open topped 
Fergie that used to till the land,
the prized dairy herd sheltering indoors bedded on soft 
summer straw in the Victorian cow shed,
while a tempestuous winter storm with blustery icy wind 
rattles loose black slate roof tiles overhead.

 Giant-sized golden cotton reels with straw as their silken 
 thread collect lengthening shadows from the sun,
across a ploughed field with furrows tinted with sparkling 
white frost,  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 tractor ploughing or livestock grazing summer
fields, 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 love of farming.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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