Ominous under a rain-speckled sky,
Lilac-coloured flowers of salsify
Bloom among the grasses
In moody bird-haunted marshes,
Where oystercatchers pipe on the tideline.
In the morning drizzle, on a ghostly coast,
Wind jangles masts and rigging on boats,
Whistles in sea-bleached branches and reeds,
And chattering sedge warblers root in the weeds.
On a beach at low tide between wave and wind,
Bare toes splay in mud and sand,
A sea-washed pebble glistens cold in your hand,
Inhaling the tang of sea salt and spray:
An overcast North Norfolk day.
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
Image found on www.norfolkbirds.com