Friday, April 22, 2011

Borrowed Beauty

                                                                                                                              Nigel Stainforth




Deserving of a wider viewing!
A friend sent this today.
He was sailing in the Pacific
And he took this on his way.
Want scenery? You have it,
Perfection, so it seems;
The sort of scene that
Normally is just seen in our dreams.
Want a sky-scape? Look at that one!
A sunset without peer.
A second like this soon passes,
But Nigel caught it here.
Want reflections? These are perfect;
The sky part of the sea;
A still and glassy reflection
That hints at poetry.
Want shadows? Cloud formations,
Gently drifting by,
Also drift on the water,
Linking sea and sky.
And how about serendipity?
The sailing boat .... just right.
And everything is captured
Just as day turns into night.
A gift that cost Nigel nothing.....
He clicked and it was mine.
But a pleasure worth more than money...........

Choose your own ending.....
1. It's really very fine.
2. It's better than vintage wine.
3. Nigel, you really shine!
4. Nigel! You're divine!

(I told you I wrote doggerel, didn't I?)



We move along a colonnade.
Sometimes we are in shadow.
Sometimes the full sun
Blazes on us
And illuminates our path.
We look out between the columns
To see others perambulating.
Some may run, some may dawdle,
Some may falter and
Some may fall.
We wave to them
But we can never know them
Because we do not really
Know ourselves.
We look back and see ourselves
Starting out.
We look forward and see.....
But we cannot see.
There is a vague outline
Of what is to come;
A misty semblance
Of the colonnade's ending.
Is that a rock-face
Or is it a shining cloud
This is where we stand on the colonnade......
Let us stand and admire.....
But we have already moved on.
Other shadows,
Other flashes of glory
Await us.
Off we go!


eileeninmd said...

It is a beautiful photo, from your friend. Lovley poem and I would pick number 3 . Nigel your really shine. It really is fitting for the photo. Have a great weekend and Happy skywatching!

Jan n Jer said...

Great poem for this gorgeous shot..I like # 2 for the ending!

Linnea said...

Beautiful gift! That's the beauty of cyberphotography!

Laura said...

I have to go with "Nigel! You're divine!"...gorgeous photo!

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous photo to send to you and for you to share with us! What a place to be visiting! Love your poems as well!
have a happy Easter!

Jim said...

Stunning refection shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

James said...

What an amazing photo!