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The Moon went for a swim


The moon went for a swim amongst the harbour boats

Yellow brushed against the slate grey surface of the water

Giving depth and tone to the ripples atop the high tide

The onshore breeze seemed to mould and remould

The undulation, with a sculptures eye and craftsman’s knife


Silhouetted by the melting moon, dolphins and seals

Dance amongst the moonbeams in an aerial ballet

Some seagulls shout their approval at there grace

Whilst others with a loud anguished cry

Shouted out to sea, urging the fishing boats return


Groups of lads huddle together, like little sea urchins

Clinging to the edge of the harbour wall

They sling out their crab lines amongst the seaweed

Pulling them in again hoping to bring in the largest

In a friendly wager to win a bag of steaming hot chips


One by one from lichen covered stone cottage lights came on

Like a pearl necklace around the anchorage, with an iridescent glow

On the wharf lies the ‘Mariners Rest’, where trawler men drink thanks

Raising their classes to Neptune for a safe return and singing shanties

What stories do the lines on their weathered faces leave untold?

©Phil Golding 09/08

◄ Plastic Face

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Jeff Dawson

Fri 26th Sep 2008 23:52

Wonderful lines and description Phil, painted a great picture, could have been there!

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Tim Linton

Fri 26th Sep 2008 19:42

I felt like I was there. Really enjoyed this.

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Philip Golding

Wed 24th Sep 2008 20:15

Thank you Mark for your kind comment

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Mark Niel

Wed 24th Sep 2008 16:42

Lovely, lovely stuff.

Thank you

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Philip Golding

Wed 24th Sep 2008 09:31

Thanks for the kind words Clarissa. I really enjoyed writing this poem. I got a real buzz out of it, creating a vertual painting.

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clarissa mckone

Wed 24th Sep 2008 02:55

HI Phil, I really enjoyed this poem! I think its one of your best! You have such a talent for making the words come alive. You do really well with nature. thanks

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