There's a little cove on Cornwall's coast

where a lady is writing her latest book

making the most of the atmosphere,

imagining drifting boats in the sun

and sporty chaps in flannels with pipes

or controlling types with attitude and gripes;

and someone is falling in love again.


No fast food outlets to spoil the view

of a harbour wall where gulls descend.

No slicks or smells near the boat trip queue.

No, nothing so common

that won't sell books -

instead, her stories take wings and fly

to lift the spirits of the summer perspired

and satisfy what's most desired.




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Wed 9th Jan 2019 22:51

Thanks Kate, the icing on the cake!


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Wed 9th Jan 2019 22:17

Wonderful Ray

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Wed 9th Jan 2019 21:33

Thanks Brian. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Hi Penguin. Technically the perspired do not belong to the summer in a precise sense, but the inference of one affecting the other I felt validated it; one of those combinations which can give poetry the upper hand. (IMO). Thanks for the comment.

Hi Trevor. A very well spotted point, and from the du Maurier mould. She was around long before the title phrase!

Thanks Mark. You must have an eye for such things as literary ladies - they're certainly getting into high places .

Many thanks Taylor !

Big Sal, I wouldn't argue with that; thanks for saying so.

Hi David. Enough said mate! I was actually thinking of St Ives!
I know you've travelled extensively, but have you parked in any of those coves - wow!.

Thank you Jane, a pleasure.

Many thanks to Ghazala, Jennifer, Jon and Anya, always appreciated views.


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Tue 8th Jan 2019 14:52

Nice imagery...I felt I was there.😊

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 7th Jan 2019 22:06

Everything they said mate (well almost everything..personally I prefer The Joker to The Penguin ) the rest I'll tell you when I see you next.

That is either St Ives or Looe for me but you choose, I've travelled you know.


Big Sal

Mon 7th Jan 2019 21:48

A concise way to convey stillness or greatness? I may never know for sure.

Only thing for certain is the charm and appeal it exudes.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 7th Jan 2019 19:31

Meant to say earlier...good title Ray.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 7th Jan 2019 17:02

A believable tale woven with skill.
Enjoyed this Ray, thank you.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 7th Jan 2019 16:16

Good atmospheric evocation of a believable scenario. On another
tack, I'm reminded of the prevalence of female names in book lists
and publishing concerns these days.

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Trevor Alexander

Mon 7th Jan 2019 16:11

Manderley again... 😉

Entertaining Ray.


Mon 7th Jan 2019 15:37

It's a nice poem, well observed. However, I'd question whether "the summer perspired" makes grammatical sense.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 7th Jan 2019 14:59

Lovely lilting feel to it Ray

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