The Norfolk Broads

Reminiscent of Monet, flowering waterlilies float serenely on the dark waters of
    of Cockshoot Broad,
a traditional rich mahogany and white coloured Broads sailing yacht rests, just
   recently moored,
the honking dawn call of a flock of departing Canada geese leaving their roosts
  at first light,
the rhythmical sound of their feathered wings almost silent overhead quietly
    conveys their flight.

Resting on a slender reed, the Broad’s Hawker dragonfly with bands of burnished
   orange and gold,
the generous emerald green leaves and sunshine yellow flowers of a waterside
  marsh marigold,
 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 diaphanous 
     spider’s web,
 waiting at the wide open expanse of Breydon Water for the incoming tidal water
  to ebb,
briefly highlighting a stormy sky, an artist’s palette rainbow stretches as far as
     the eye can see,
above centuries old manmade broads harvested for peat, with a backdrop of rich 
       green native trees.

The distinctive high peaked shape of a traditional pleasure wherry’s large white
 canvas sail,
a striking yellow and blue butterfly delicately feeding on purple thistle flowers,
     the rare Swallowtail,
with ever-changing weather, wildlife, smooth waterways and broads,
      all that you loved so dear,
when I think of or visit the Norfolk Broads, so full of natural beauty,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

In loving memory of James Farthing 1929 – 2017

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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 .

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