The Joy of Dogs

In an icy cold wind, individual grains of crystalline yellow sand roll along a deserted
     winter beach,
solitary foot and paw prints following, only the white tipped waves of high tide
    will reach,
a late evening walk along a city’s smooth undulating pavement lit by a curving line of
    radiant streetlights,
under an ebony velvet canopy filled with the glittering star constellations of a clear
     frosty winter’s night.

Walking past a blackthorn hedge the rich perfume of wild yellow honeysuckle floats 
    on tranquil evening air,
stretched out in front of a coal fire paws twitching in deep sleep, that moment
 without a care,
climbing up a well worn sandy path to the crest of a steep hill, the reward a wide
   panoramic view,
then resting on a towering sunlit clifftop beneath a cloudless summer sky of purest
   cornflower blue.

The pleasure of jumping beach breakwaters and chasing a ball barking at seagulls 
soaring high,
the radiance of the sun’s ascent above the shadowed horizon to the backdrop of a 
 white gold sky,
laying in meadow grass embroidered with wild flowers watching choreographed
  swallows flying at height,
hearing bumble bees going from flower to flower collecting sweet nectar in
   seemingly random flight.

Encircled by a carpet of flowering bluebells’ colour and fragrance on a springtime
  woodland walk,
 wide wooden steps surrounded by tall whispering marram sea grass lead to a 
    sand-dusted boardwalk,
finding a spiky green husk nestled among a marbled leaf carpet encasing a conker’s
   deep polished brown,
a dog has an innate joy of life, recognised for it’s intelligence, bravery, loyalty and the
  friendship for which it is renowned.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 – 2017

Poppyland Poet

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