Sailing

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


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 sailing.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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