Lady Of The Moonlit Night
Surveying the black waters of the River Wyre,
Calm on this moonlit August night.
Across meadows, the fells
Of Fairsnape and Harris End
Are silhouettes against the brooding sky.
The moon casts its silvery glow on the water
A thousand fragments of white light,
Pulsating with the rhythm of the river.
Barefoot, she glides through dewy branch and bramble
Growing in abundance on the bank,
Free from the fetters of mortal custom.
Tentative at first, she steps into the soothing waters
And holds her arms in supplication
To the full gaze of the moon’s scrutiny.
‘Come home,’ she beseeches softly, tremulously,
Her heart and spirit scythed by the pain
Of love’s lost battle.
There is no answer, save for the soft rustling of the trees
And the distant twinkling of a star,
Winking knowingly in ghostly silence.
The Gate Will Not Be Ignored
it stands alone,
bars hideous with weed,
catch flaking wild rust.
None enter or leave,
yet silently crying out:
Sentinel no more.
Ice sheets shrunk back
from earth it bullied into mounds
melted into turbulent brown foam
that tiptoes to the edge of a memory
of a home for eleven pairs of small wet socks
A is for Aster growing pink on the cliffs
B is for Beach exposed and bleakC is for Coral clusters of life
D is for Driftwood by the waves splicedE is for Emerald green seaweed
F is for Fog the sailors to mislead
G is for Golden speckles of sun
H is for Hurricane the destroyer of fun
I is for Illumination strung along the Prom
J is for Jewels found in the foam
K is for Kelp ribbons of sea food
L is for Limpet unable to move
M is for Moaning on the wind
N is for Neptune God of the water
O is for Octopus who sprays his enemies with an inky splash
P is for Pebbles that rattle as the waves lash
Q is for the Quest of the adventurer
R is for Roar as tide reaches shore
S is for Salt, Sea and Storm
T is for Tidal, Torrents, Thrust home
U is for Urchin round and covered in poisonous spikes
V is for Vessel dashed on the rocks
W is for Water Beware enticing it looks but danger lurks there
X is in Mix of River and Sea
Y is for Yelling “Save me!”
Z is for Zealous the wonderful force of the untameable sea riding on a white horse