On the River

casting a fresh line

heavy river running slow

your smile caught my eye

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CLP 04/08/2021

On Water vii

East wind pulls and catches

ruffles feathers disrupts flow

sky colours in gaps

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CLP 16/04/2021

On Water iv

streaked willow shade

riffled river disrupts light

sun flakes; sparks from flint

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CLP 13/04/2021

On The Surface

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Down by the quayside

where fishermen know to sit

young seal making hay

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n.b. I had heard of this young pup’s arrival a week ago and today I saw it surface a few times. Despite the snow in the wind, a woman had taken her coat off to sit on it on the grass embankment and watch the seal diving. It is remarkable how long these creatures can sustain a dive while fishing. It would then pop up its head and have a look around while recharging its lungs. Goodness knows what it finds underwater here, possibly the hire bikes from the city’s first less than secure public cycle scheme of a few years back.

There have been precious few boats on The Broads for over a year and so the river has become a safe navigation for this seal and who knows how many others. It must have found somewhere to rest up too, seals like lolling around on a beach or mudflat for long periods between diving for fish.

Things will change soon, as holidays within the UK become the thing for a while, so these waters will become quite busy, then where will this seal go? Similarly, I wonder how the otters further upstream, even closer to the city centre, will fare.

Spring (Day 11):

We wait by the Wensum. We wait for the kingfisher. We are not disappointed as it flies past twice, breaking its return journey to rest on the buddleja opposite for a few seconds.

Later, I wait and watch again. A family gather pointing at silver blue in the bushes across the water. They realise it is a drinks can. They move on, the father explaining that kingfishers were reported to be in the area recently.

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CLP

L3 (Day 71): The Waterfront

This hulk retains buoyancy despite it all, but to what end? Is remaining afloat enough? Is there still life in this wreck?

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CLP 18/03/2021

L3 (Day 61): Carrow Bridge

Either there are plenty of fish biting down there today, or else it’s raining.

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CLP 08/03/2021

L3 (Day 60): On The Quay

It is six p.m. and the day’s light withdraws reluctantly at the ignition of the street lamps. Fish are snapping through the meniscus of the Wensum. They leave soft rippling circles that are eventually smoothed by the thickening dusk.

Another lighter, but cold day.

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CLP 07/03/2021

On Losing (22)

Wensum overflows

Where water and mud combine

Definition blurs

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CLP 28/12/2020