North Norfolk Mammoth (reprise)

Amongst mounds of stones and sand at the foot Of crumbling cliffs, where Norfolk juts its chin, Stubborn and defiant as King Canute Watching the waves roll out and crash back in On flat landscape from Yarmouth to King’s Lynn, A rich treasury of ancient fossils, Cached by glaciers in the primeval Landscape almost a […]

Late Afternoon on a Norfolk Wherry

  My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meter-Made Mood–dVerse Meeting the Bar Victoria has challenged us to write a poem that illustrates how meter contributes to the mood of a poem.   His face is traced and creased by Norfolk gales, His skin tanned Van Dyke brown as wherry sails, The wherryman sits on the tiller […]

Overcast on the Norfolk Coast

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 […]