Sailing

Approaching a brightly coloured marker buoy, the empty wind
-less sail momentarily flapping before taking a homeward turn,
 the boat’s displacement of surface water creates a white
expanding rippling fluid V to fan out from the boat’s stern.

The liquid colour and mood of the restless water is always in
perpetual flux, transposing from pewter grey to cerulean blue,
a mirror image of the itinerant sky is shown as it momentarily
 illuminates as sporadic cumulus clouds and sun pass through.

In a stiff south westerly breeze, maintaining the speeding boat’s 
balance and equilibrium by leaning in harness far over the side,
bright sunlight creates glittering wave tipped diamonds on the
  water’s cool rippled surface as over it the boat silently glides.

Tacking as the transient wind changes direction, swinging the
dinghy’s silver aluminium boom and sail from port to starboard,
a slumbering autumnal marina is softened by dawn’s nebulous 
 white ephemeral mist, orderly rows of resting boats moored.

Ominous mauve rain clouds billow mountainously far above the
 distant shadowed horizon causing the wind’s speed to rise,
the unexpected summer storm requires quick efficient reefing 
of the straining main and fore sail, carefully fastening the ties. 

In a gentle summer breeze enjoying the unique encompassing silence 
that accompanies sailing, hearing the wind and water flowing by,
flocks of Black-Headed gulls gliding in warm air thermals survey
nomadic tranquil sea far below, effortlessly circling so high.  

The setting sun’s golden orb is painted with bold brushstrokes of 
ephemeral pink as it slowly sinks into calm indigo sea,
sailing on smooth water with a brisk breeze, feeling the wind 
and warm sun on your face, always the perfect place to be.

Happy Birthday Dad, love from Sam and Kate


A poem can be a thoughtful gift for a birthday, anniversary, retirement or thank you for a loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the joys of sailing.
My poems have been very well received by readers of all ages and backgrounds. 

(Photos coming soon. Please click Sailing – funeral to view a printed poem.)

OPTIONS
EMAIL Dispatched within 1 day. Please remember to check your spam/junk folder. The email will be sent as a PDF file. I will enclose a guide on how to open the file with the poem and invoice.

CARD  Printed on 240gsm high quality lightly textured ivory matte A4 card (frame not included). The poem is placed in a protective cellophane wrapper and posted flat in a cardboard backed envelope.

PAPER SCROLL & PRESENTATION BOX – Printed on 100gsm high quality lightly textured ivory matte A4 paper, tied with navy ribbon in an ivory card presentation box.                      
  

PERSONALISED
 Poems can be personalised with the names, dates and words of your choosing, up to a maximum of 50 characters (including spaces). A contact form displays after payment (about 10 seconds) for your choice as to personalised or unpersonalised. If a poem is unpersonalised, I will add an extra verse.

DELIVERY
FREE delivery within the UK via Royal Mail 1st Class.
I cannot be held responsible if the package does not arrive on time. In this event, a digital download will be offered. International orders, please contact me.

RETURNS and CANCELLATIONS
In the unlikely event that a poem contains an error or is damaged during delivery, I will happily replace it if photographic proof is provided of the problem.
Personalised poems do not qualify for returns or refunds.
A request for cancellation may be made within one hour of purchase. 

TERMS and CONDITIONS
By placing an order and using this website, this means you agree to the Terms and Conditions.

ORDERING
Click the PayPal button to make a secure payment via card or your PayPal account. The Website is SSL protected to protect your transaction. To use Paypal you do not need to have a Paypal account and you can pay safely with all major credit and debit cards.

Please select the form of poem you would like. Your purchase will be then be displayed below. after paying please wait for the personalisation contact form (about 10 seconds) so you can advise me if you would like the poem personalised or unpersonalised. When I receive the form, I will be able to despatch the order. 

PRICES

Digital Download £17.00
 Card £19.95
Paper Scroll & Box £24.95