Friday, 3 November 2017

EYEBROOK RESERVOIR, RUTLAND: WW2 LANCASTERS PRACTISED THERE...

Low Fliers

Placid, silent;
The expanse of reservoir
Eked a gnarled channel
Towards insipid mists
And pastel trees,
Disturbed only by unhurried divers,
Querulous, flapping gulls
And fussing wagtails,
As a pale March sky
Watched its myriad reflections
Flatter, deceive, disturb, yet ultimately please...

I saw a swan, then:
Flying low in a determined approach;
Heavy, foreboding, insidious;

I imagined a Lancaster, then,
Flying low in a predetermined approach:
Heavy, brooding, invidious...


Pete Ray

Ate a meagre lunch alongside Eyebrook Reservoir, Rutland, where Lancaster bombers practised low flying for the ‘Dambusters’ raid. 
And then a swan did just that: flew low along the length of the reservoir... 
Remarkable.








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