Eleanor Broaders' ode to Derwent River: The poem was written about a walk along the Derwent river near Blancathra at dawn. Which is about 8:00am in January! 

Eleanor Broaders

Derwent River Walk 

With the dawn comes the light and

The fire clouds riding the west wind.

Skirting over the fell tops

They set the bracken ablaze.

Blencathra, legendary refuge

Of Gods and Kings rises

Like Ayres Rock high above

The broad Threlkeld fields.


A woodpecker thrums an oak.

The Derwent flows like liquid copper

Over the singing gravel beds.

I feel the tension leave my body

As the shadows recede and the

Sunlight races to embrace me.

© Eleanor Broaders