William Messent


Suffolk Dawn


Desolate sea
between steel sky and dusky shore.
A sinister mist creeps in,
adds to the grey gloom.
Flat calm.
Stillness.
Complete silence.

A seabird cries.
Shingle-rippling wavelets, bubble and make reply.
The gull continues his mournful song
evoking sea-lost souls.
Waves,
now churning time-worn pebbles,
advance,
inexorably -
a soulful seascape in shades of grey.

Others take up the seabird's reveille.
Ghostly forms
float intangibly
on the morning mist.

Golden light, gathers on the horizon -
slow, diffuse at first, later, laser-like,
bright rays burn off the vapours.
Then,
suddenly,
in splendour,
the Sun appears.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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My inspiration for this poem was listening to Benjamin Britten's Sea Interlude #1 from his opera Peter Grimes.

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  • Angela Michel (3/5/2013 7:07:00 PM)

    Inspired indeed. your poetry is like a fine classical painting, I feel like I'm standing on the shore watching... as nature paints a beautiful picture... or in this case as William Messent paints a beautiful picture. brilliant piece of work. (Report) Reply

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