Away! Away! by Goff James
Away! Away! Storm’s spell cast
At the breaking edge of day.
Mountains, clouded, veiled in mist.
Rain drenched thundered sky.
Runnels, frenzied, gouging race.
Moorland flooded full. The land replenished.
Nature’s tumultuous chorus echoed far.
Away! Away! A circling buzzard shrieks.
Away! Away! The streamlets run, ribboned into one.
The growing rushing rips faster now
Through fern clad dales and wooded dells.
Racing neath moss lined bridges
Where dry stoned walls weeping stand.
Driven by some mysterious force heading for the sea.
The river wild, gurgling, chides mud strewn banks.
Away! Away! The waking ravens rant.
Away! Away! Passed verdant meadows
Where cattle resting lie and chew their cud.
Besides ancient sacred wells the river flows.
O’er arching lichened branches and
Moss crowned cragged waterfalls
The broadening brook her homage pays.
Her crashing song, a secret dam invades.
Away! Away! The playful otters bark.
Away! Away! Meandering; stealth adorned,
The ageing river listless drifts,
Whilst iridescent dew pearled dragonflies
Dance among the reeds.
Here, hidden, speckled trout with salmon rest.
Below the lustred fishers favourite boughs
The swollen river onward creeps.
Away! Away! The swans, in unison, loudly hiss.
Away! Away! With ambling gait
The restless river now descends towards the shore.
No weir, no lock, no man her progress has contained.
On shingled beach, crashing breakers jest.
Sea devoured the roving river’s trace erased.
In harmony with nature’s touch
She to the ocean’s call succumbs.
Away! Away! The swirling seagulls scream.
Poem Attribution – Goff James – Away! Away!
Copyright (c) 2022 Goff James – All Rights Reserved
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