OUT HERE ON THE COAST [revised and re-posted]
Out here on the coast I can taste bountiful
pleasures from The Garden of England;
the juice of luscious fruit drips from my lips,
as rolling Downs determine distance between
far horizons and rolling sea.
The ‘Pearl of Kent’, lustrous still with oyster
beds exposed at low tide. Few boats remain
of a fishing trade capsized, as I look back to
where people speak in a foreign tongue behind
my back, and tracks lead to voiced vacillation,
shops selling single cigarettes; and a line
drawn by anyone who cares to stake a claim to
whatever birthright they think they own.
Along the shoreline the young gather in
groups startled by their own exuberance.
Summer, re-imagined in their world-view
as they prepare to cast off from safe haven;
career and college bound. Press-ganged
onto a ship of fools as Old Blighty sets sail
for uncertain future.
Further on round the bay, ‘ANOTHER TIME’
off Fulsam Rock; Gormley’s Iron Man rusted
brown faces outward to sea. Western sculpture,
movement being human, isolated, in front of
concrete and glass edifice, while the country
turns in on itself under a Turner sky;
easily imagined strapped to a mast against
gale force winds as the sun sinks slowly in the west.
I prepare to travel inward; my mind fixed on returning north.
Pearl Of Kent - Whitstable
ANOTHER TIME - Exhibition of sculpture concerned with movement within the flow of time
- Concrete and glass edifice – Turner contemporary museum Margate