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 […]

Claiming its Toll – a constanza

My response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry challenge #26: Constanza   The sea is an ever present ghost Lapping at the landscape’s edges Pulling at its seams and stitches   Gulls survey from groyne and post Low dunes, marrams and wave explosion Sea encroachment and erosion   All along the Norfolk coast Towns, hamlets and villages Dwindle […]

Sea Birds

Along the shingly shore And further up the creek Swoop black-backed gulls Spearing silver fish in lethal beaks On the apron of marshland Redshanks pipe nervously Long skeins of geese Lace the cloudy sky And wigeon wing hurriedly In twos and threes Heading Farther out To sea   © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image of Spotted Redshank […]