Jane Croft poet

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Derbyshire Theme

 Padley Gorge, Derbyshire, UK

At Padley Gorge


Water carves memories

In rock, greens aeons

With moss, breeds beech and oak

In quiet earth where scents

Of grass and leaf-mould

Breathe secrets, and stillness

Fills with river murmur

From the gorge where the current

Courses and buffets a way

Through jumbled stones,

Flinging spray in rainbow drops,

And tumbles over boulders,

And bucks on juts of root

And thrusts of rock,

And purls along the margins

Of the cleft, and swirls

And eddies over pebble beds,

And spools round snags

And pours through the narrows

And plunges over gritstone sills

And spills into peaty pools

Beneath the trees,

Reflecting the sun’s wit

With trenchant humour,

Etching a laughter line

Upon the face of earth.

Blue Irises


I know these were your favourite flowers:

You said they were a promise kept,

Like rainbows seen through April showers.


A greening hope in after-hours

Awakes where winter earth has slept;

I know these were your favourite flowers,


A vivid promise that empowers

And grows from tears that clouds have wept,  

Like rainbows seen through April showers.


When death destroys and darkness lours

They calm the thoughts where terror leapt;

I know these were your favourite flowers,


Renewing faith where sorrow scours

They soothe the soul where doubt once crept,

Like rainbows seen through April showers.


Remembrance lives and thus embowers

The heart from which all fear is swept;

I know these were your favourite flowers;

Like rainbows seen through April showers.