The Lake District

Grazing rocky hillsides, the coat of Herdwick sheep is threaded with metallic silver and
     slate grey,
 overhead billowing rain laden storm clouds momentarily separate allowing through sun’s
    golden rays,
 in Rannerdale’s sheltered valley, the gentle fragrance and rich indigo colour of flowering
      woodland bluebells,
 the timeless chorus of mothers and young lambs carried by transient light wind from a
    distant fell.

A lone rock pillar supports a quarry’s domed cathedral ceiling created by mined copper
  rich stone,
  native black ponies have grazed tufted hillocks on hillsides for centuries, the low fells 
  their home,
in a baker’s window, traditional homemade Grasmere gingerbread squares spicy and
       inviting in golden brown,
on a tranquil morn the outline of ebony black rock summits softened, wearing a white
   misty crown.

The tumultuous roar of tumbling crystal clear spring water hitting rocks from the Scale
      Force waterfall,
in autumn, the reverberating echo around silent sweeping fells as a territorial red deer
   stag calls, 
on a preserved railway line, a ruby red and black locomotive emerges from the arch of a 
      shadowed bridge,
  on a calm spring day with blue skies and radiant sunshine, distant vistas are visible from
    Low Fell’s ridge.

The peak of Blencathra is clearly seen from Maiden Moor after a generous dusting of
    pristine snow,
a rocky outcrop adorned with a luxurious carpet of heather’s pink flowers overlooks
      white cottages far below,
 with ever-changing weather, wildlife, fauna and soaring mountainous vistas,
      all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or see the Lake District, so full of natural beauty,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 – 2017

Poppyland Poet

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