The Wherry


Picture by Philippa Miller, taken from her book 'An Artists Broadland'. Picture held online at The Norfolk Wherry Trust

Tall sails drifting through the landscape,
tacking to and fro, catching the wind.
Passing wind powered water pumps,
draining the land, feeding the river.
Carrying goods to town and city,
these masters of the inland waterway.

Such a sight it must have been,
now used for our simple pleasures.
The workhorse of the Norfolk Broads,
resting on it’s laurels in the morning breeze.
Waiting to tempt you out into the day,
offering sights only found on the water.

Restored and rebuilt, they sail on
into the sunset of a long Broadland day.
A sight once seen never forgotten among the fields and trees,
this working boat of the hard landsman.
Gliding by wind pump and tower,
she sails on evermore, a rare sight to see.

©2011 Trevor Litchfield

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  1. a lovely drama, well done.

    • Thanks Jingle, always a pleasure to write something with one of the Bluebell books prompts as a starting point.

  2. Love it 🙂 .. Awesome Job Trevor.

  3. Indigo Spider

     /  June 28, 2011

    The imagery is perfect for a summer day, I feel the salt breeze on my face. Charming poem.

    • Thanks Indigo Spider, just thoughts running through my mind that ended up on paper (so to speak)

  4. I nominate you for the award in fiction.

    • Well Thank You Angela, even a nomination is most unexpected but still an honour 🙂

  5. A.B. Thomas

     /  June 29, 2011

    the write was simply spellbinding

  6. do vote for your peers.

    Happy DAY!
    good Luck!

  7. Invite you to write something based on the image you see,
    Hope all is well.
    Thanks for the attention.
    Appreciate your input.

    keep your creativity coming.

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