To The Sea

Walking down the bumpy road

Past the parked cars, the houses, mock Tudor,

Mock everything.

Down to the sea.

Where the fast man walking is unlikely to see the sea or anyone.

It doesn't look like the sea today,

It looks like a grey painted wall.

It's calm.

No crashing waves, no sound,

No sea sirens waiting on sailors . . .

The last of the large summer flies,

Flying into your face, desperate,

They know summer is really over.

Walking back past the woman who walks leaning on one hip more than the other,

As women often do,

A weak smile,

Maybe it's the dampness, the mist

Coming from the sea.

Many who live near the sea rarely visit,

Like living near the Tate in London

And never getting curious about a Dali.

No seagulls today but a circle of startled looking sparrows,

Digging in a ditch for worms,

Born into such an environment,

Strange, harsh, diluted.

There stands the house on the corner,

The one that is said to be haunted,

Even the toys in there look afraid . . .

Looks like it's up for sale again . . .

That was my dream to live near the sea

But dreams must end before they begin.

The grey sky knows all the secrets,

All the shattered dreams,

Where the sky meets the sea.

◄ The Three Sisters

Once Back Then ►


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Tue 30th Apr 2019 22:16

"A grey painted wall" - nice!

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Fri 18th Jan 2019 17:39


It's so true isn't it that when you live near something amazing like a gallery or the sea, youre not fully appreciative of it?

I love the detail you pick out such as the fast man walking, and the bittersweet ending seems to match the mood of the piece very well


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Fri 4th Jan 2019 04:29

This is a marvellous description of sea side....i love it.?

A beautiful dream indeed....u can always see it again....when the weather is fine n its season time, you cn live ur dreams all over again.?

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Fri 4th Jan 2019 04:08

love the walk down to the sea with you Hannah..and I hope your dream isn't over yet I hope one day you do live down by the sea with your heart full of every moment that you breathe..

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Hannah Collins

Sun 30th Dec 2018 15:42

Thank you Big Sal, great to get your comment.


Big Sal

Fri 28th Dec 2018 23:36

Like imagery out of a Hideo Kojima creation - beautifully crafted and evoking of an emotion yet to be named.

Very well done, Hannah. ?

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Hannah Collins

Thu 27th Dec 2018 13:47

Thank you so much Beno and Kate for your comments.


<Deleted User> (18474)

Thu 27th Dec 2018 07:27

I always like your poems, Hannah.
Really beautiful picture you've painted, like Kate G said.
Wonder if some women lean heavily on one hip because of all the years they spent carrying children around on their hip???? It might be a thing of the past soon, with all these super buggies, slings, and new fangled men thingies! ?
I too would love to live near the sea. I have my plan in place.

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Wed 26th Dec 2018 21:39

Beautiful imagery Hannah, you are a real talent. ?

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