Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Grey day

Cold, grey day
sky and sea at one
granite stone walls
mine engine house ruin.

Dead grass, light gravel
tarmac, sand, grit,
patches of cropped turf
green amongst the dull.

Black and white two magpies
eye catching in the leaden
wagtail, blackbird, chaffinch
perch on hoary bush.

Rabbits grazing on the ground
black ears flicking,
twitching, hopping,
movements on the grey.

Shades lacklustre now
sky and sea just slate
muted colour of the landscape
surprised by sunshine colour.

Yellow of the gorse
radiant, brilliant, refulgent
ray of sunshine strikes the land
look attentively
this day is far from grey.

36 comments:

Mitch Block said...

Once again, you paint with brilliant strokes. I love this and it reminds me of talking about the beauty of the desert in the US Southwest. I though it was beautiful and filled with color. A family member drove through it and told me it was all gray and hideous.

Doris said...

The greyness was striking until you mentioned the gorse! Our gorse hasn't even come into bud yet. It will flower around May or June. It must be nice to see a splash of sunshine just now.Keep writing, Poet; I love these images.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

You bring my memories bring to life. Thankyou :-)

the cuby poet said...

Mitch Block: Again thank you.

the cuby poet said...

Doris: Glad you enjoyed the images,the colour of gorse is so splendid.

the cuby poet said...

Lady M: Hope it was the colour of the gore rather than the grey that triggered your memories.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, Just stopping by to say HI.... Hope you had a great Valentine's Day. We had a great trip--but it's nice to get home. I'm trying to catch up on some blog posts...

Amazing how a ray of sunshine can brighten our world!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Ola said...

it begins with sadness and ends with an optimistic accent, good!

the cuby poet said...

Betsy from Tennessee: The ray of sunshine did just that on this grey day!

the cuby poet said...

Ola: I am so pleased that you saw this and it was just how it felt when I saw the gorse in the sunshine. Thanks. :)

Ina in Alaska said...

Yes indeed, a grey day is only so if one allows it to be.

the cuby poet said...

Ina in Alaska: Your comment is so right although there are days when grey dominates the sky and the temp and to find colour you need to look indoors!

CherryPie said...

I do rather like those muted colours that show of natures delights.

the cuby poet said...

CherryPie: Grey is a colour we are so used to here in winter so occasional bright colours lift the spirits.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well, I for one am thrilled the sun came out!

the cuby poet said...

Lisa@Two Bears Farm: The sun always makes everything better!

Al said...

A great painting of a spring day near the sea.

the cuby poet said...

AL: I hope the next time there will be more yellow and lass grey then it would feel more like Spring and less wintery!

Viola said...

Nice work! I wish I was as clever as you.. :)

Have a nice week-end! :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely as always.

Gill - That British Woman said...

thanks for popping by my blog and commenting,

Gill in Canada

eileeninmd said...

Reading your poem, I see a lovely day even if it is a grey day. Watching the birds and the rabbits is something I really enjoy, but I am glad the sun came out. I am not familiar with gorse. I will have to google it. Have a happy weekend!

the cuby poet said...

Viola: Thank you so much.:)

the cuby poet said...

Welshcakes: Thank you.

the cuby poet said...

Gill - That British woman: Nice to see you here.

the cuby poet said...

eileeninmd:Some days when the day is grey it forces you to look carefully for the beauty around. Gorse is everywhere on the cliffs and moors.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

You took me back to one of my favorite places in the world. I visited Cornwall with my sister and her family in 99...enjoyed a bit of Fish and Ships days in Padstow one afternoon. Loved it. Hope your weekend is a good one.
Maura :)

Roy said...

This must have been a nice walk Claire.

the cuby poet said...

Maura@ Lilac Lane Cottage: So good to see you here. Padstow is pretty but always busy but my Cornwall is less well known but equally beautiful.

the cuby poet said...

Roy: It certainly was.

Maria said...

the last four lines were the absolute icing on the cake..

the cuby poet said...

Mari: I am so glad that it worked for you I was pleased with these lines.

Kathiesbirds said...

I like this one.

the cuby poet said...

Kathiesbirds: So pleased that you did.

Gary said...

I like this one as most of our winter seems to be grey, which I don't find offensive. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

the cuby poet said...

Gary: Grey is the colour of winter a great deal of the time so a shaft of sunlight cheers the soul.