The vivid pink and green shimmering ephemeral waves
of Aurora Borealis viewed from the Isle of Skye,
the island’s curving bridge accentuated by bright morning
sunshine with layers of transient cloud passing high,
a remote beach cove on the Isle Of Harris sculpted by the
tides’ ebb and flow with sand grains of purest white,
the shallow turquoise water highlighted with glittering
wave tipped diamonds reflecting the radiant sunlight.
The towering hexagonal black volcanic basalt columns
of the small outlying island of Fingal’s Cave,
sit atop deeply shadowed eroded rock sea arches
carved by tempestuous wind and wave,
in an isolated glen waits a small bothy with a white
thatch roof bleached by mercurial Scottish weather,
the speckled head with the red waffles of a native
grouse appears above slumbering winter heather.
Saint Kilda’s island has underground nesting burrows
where a thriving colony of Puffins are based,
the Highland’s oak barrels of distilled aged rich amber
whiskey, smooth warming nectar to the taste,
a light wind carries the distant calls of plaintive sheep
grazing grass tunnocks high on a windswept moor,
a vintage steam train crosses the arched sweeping curve
of Glenfinnian’s viaduct rising high above a valley floor.
Still water reflects a mirror image of copper tinted autumnal
conifers created by a cirrocumulus mackerel sky,
the lower green moss covered dark rocks of the Glencoe
mountains softened where nebulous dawn mist lies,
the ever-changing weather, wildlife and soaring mountainous
vistas, all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or look at Scotland, so full of natural beauty,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
Beloved Wife Jennifer Farthing 1929 -2017
© Poppyland Poet
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