In a stiff southerly breeze, maintaining the boats balance by
using a sailing harness to lean over the side,
bright morning sunlight paints glittering silver diamonds on
the water’s surface as over it the boat glides,
the mood and colour of the sea is always changing from
restless grey through to tranquil cerulean blue,
a mirror image of the sky is shown as it momentarily illuminates
as transient clouds and sun pass through.
The distinctive metallic melody of wind blown metal rigging
clinking against hollow aluminium masts,
a bygone teak coloured wooden sailing yacht sails by on calm
water, an elegant design from the past,
in a pleasant summer breeze enjoying the unique silence of
sailing, hearing the wind and water flowing by,
flocks of herring gulls circling in warm air thermals survey
water far below, effortlessly gliding high.
A beautiful day at Cowes Sailing Regatta hosts a profusion
of dinghies’ brightly coloured sails,
foaming white horses ride the dark rolling crests of seething
waves during tempestuous winter gales,
tacking as the itinerant wind changes direction swinging the
boom and sail from port to starboard,
a silent autumnal marina softened by dawn’s floating white
mist, orderly rows of resting boats moored.
Grey nimbus clouds emitting forked lightning appear on the
darkening skyline causing the wind speed to rise,
an unexpected summer storm requires quick reefing of the
main and fore sail, carefully fastening the ties,
feeling the wind and sun on your face, the serenity of sailing
on sheltered inland water or exposed sea,
whenever I see a sailboat in the ever-changing weather, light
and tides, you are always close surrounding me.
Beloved Dad James Farthing 1929 -2017
© Poppyland Poet
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