Treasure Island

Valsa George


The Unrolling Expanse


Before my eyes,
The sea stretches far;
An infinite scroll of chiffon
Rolling and unrolling
In shades of green and sapphire
A calm expanse with feeble waves
In its sedate hours of brooding silence
As if siezed by an uncanny lassitude
Lying in majesty,
Swinging in ecstasy.

Within this mammoth silver submarine,
How many mysterious live forms thrive!
What curious shaped corals, what varied sea urchins!
What wealth of fish, what gigantic mammals!

Between the blue sky above
And the blue sea below
I see seagulls fly,
The long beaked pelicans prey,
Grampuses heaving their huge forms,
Above the calm surface
And the milky spray
Tossing shiny pearls
Upon the stretching naked strands.

I can see a distant sail
And the hull of a ship,
Gliding over undulating waves,
Leaving a frothy trail behind
With water churning and spiraling around
Where sharks and seals and dolphins swim

Piles of silver clouds move above
And the golden sands stretch below
With periwinkles, crabs and shells
Scattered by the receding waves

Splashing tides, dancing weeds
Rising crescendo, falling rhythm

Oh! What a splendid scene
In the rosy gleam of this evening!
And what delectable mélange
Of tinkling sensory delights!

Submitted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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  • Amitava Sur (1/22/2014 5:46:00 AM)

    Excellent description of the sea with it's minute detailing.I loved the comparison with mammoth silver submarine, ..... as if I am experiencing standing on the bank of the sea. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (7/31/2013 10:20:00 AM)

    It is perhaps one of the most well crafted poems on the PH ever. The synchronization of thoughts and expressions makes a mystic impact on the minds of the readers and the optimistic note leaves a pleasant memory. Quite proud you have to be Madam Valsa for penning down this beautiful piece and here I click on the button giving a 10 for you! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (7/28/2013 5:56:00 PM)

    Oh so beautiful description of the seashore which I do no live near.
    Just thinking of the sweet serenity of the calm waves and wafting aroma
    from the sea. An infinite scroll of chiffon is a very charming line that is full
    of grace describing a never ending stretch of a waving glistening sea.
    An excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (7/26/2013 10:04:00 AM)

    After recently being lucky enough to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef of Cairns I can fully appreciate this aquatic paradise its lilting waves and flow of life. A lovely descriptive and atmospheric write. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (7/26/2013 9:53:00 AM)

    After recently being lucky enough to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef of Cairns I can fully appreciate this aquatic paradise its lilting waves and flow of life. A lovely descriptive and atmospheric write. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (7/26/2013 9:52:00 AM)

    After recently being lucky enough to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef of Cairns I can fully appreciate this aquatic paradise its lilting waves and flow of life. A lovely descriptive and atmospheric write. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (7/26/2013 4:51:00 AM)

    Many years ago I used to be a scuba-diver and I can see the images you have depicted here. A lovely poem Valsa. (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul (7/24/2013 11:14:00 PM)

    A great imagery woven through the words unrolling the expanse before our eyes. Beautifully composed poem. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (7/24/2013 8:23:00 PM)

    I am watching a movie.So cinematic effect is here in this stupendously beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (7/24/2013 10:35:00 AM)

    A fantastic poem on the Sea! The beautiful imagery of the waves, the flora and fauna of the sea, spotting the distant hull of the ship, piles of silver clouds above and the golden sandy stretch all capture the heart. We are with you enjoying the splendid; scene! Thanks for sharing this fabulous write, Valsa! (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (7/24/2013 9:23:00 AM)

    Absolutely beautiful Valsa, everything the sea should be and so different from the sea at Scarborough, where at low tide one can wander among the used condoms, sanitary towels, hyperdermic needles and discarded chip wrappers, whilst breathing in the heady smell of sewage. I wish I was there! (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (7/24/2013 9:21:00 AM)

    Absolutely beautiful Valsa, everything the sea should be and so different from the sea at Scarborough, where at low tide one can wander among the used condoms, sanitary towels, hyperdermic needles and discarded fast food wrappers, whilst breathing in the heady smell of sewage. I wish I was there! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (7/24/2013 8:22:00 AM)

    True beauty written in your words. You make it sound like a magical fairytale yet this is actually real beauty. I walk the ocean every day and see the dolphins most days. The ocean as unknown healing powers. I thank you and will get great pleasure saving this. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/24/2013 8:22:00 AM)

    An evening at the seashore beautifully described. I can feel the waves of the sea and movement of seagulls. Nice poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (7/23/2013 12:01:00 PM)

    I love the beauty of a
    Oh! What a splendid scene
    In the rosy gleam of this evening!
    And what delectable mélange (Report) Reply

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