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!
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