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
© Poppyland Poet
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