The Norfolk Broads

Reminiscent of Monet, flowering waterlilies float serenely 
on the dark mirrored waters of Cockshoot Broad,
a traditional mahogany and white wooden Broads sailing 
yacht rests alongside a bank, just recently moored,
the honking dawn call of a flock of departing Canada Geese
echoes as they leave their roost at first light,
the rhythmical whisper of their feathered wings almost  
silent overhead, quietly conveys their flight.

Alighting on a swaying reed, the Broad’s Hawker dragonfly 
displays bands of burnished orange and gold,
the peaceful slumber of the waterways during the winter 
months, the weather blustery, wet and cold,
 feathered white cirrocumulus clouds tinted with radiant pink 
     light create an evanescent autumn sunset,
reflected in the mirrored twilight water of Ranworth Broad, 
   the onyx shadow of a sail boat’s silhouette.

The dawn beauty of sunlit glistening iridescent dew crystals
on a gossamer silk spider’s web,
 waiting at the windswept open expanse of Breydon Water 
for the incoming tidal water to ebb,
briefly painting a stormy slate sky, an artist’s palette rainbow 
   stretches as far as the eye can see,
above centuries old manmade shallow broads harvested for 
 peat, with a backdrop of rich green native trees.

The distinctive high peaked shape of a restored vintage 
pleasure wherry’s large white canvas sail,
a beautiful yellow and blue long tailed butterfly delicately feeding
on purple thistle flowers, the rare Swallowtail,
  with picturesque waterways, wildlife and sheltered broads under 
wide Norfolk skies, all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or visit The Broads, so full of natural beauty,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

Beloved Father   James Farthing 1929 – 2017

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

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