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 furthest 
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 warming 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 leisurely 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’s dust in seemingly random flight.

Encircled by a carpet of flowering bluebells’ colour and 
delicate fragrance on a springtime woodland walk,
 wide wooden steps surrounded by tall whispering Marram 
sea grass lead to a striped 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, 
  loyalty and the friendship for which it is renowned.

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

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