Marina life

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Marina life

Postby Saturn » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:26 pm

Marina life

Floating 'mid Azure skies of thin blue
Seagulls cry their sharp car alarm call
(A plaintive bleat) and whisk swift by,
Pirouetting in torturous arabesques -
A much unappreciated display team.

Below, whitewashed identikit blocks
(The summer habitation of t-shirted,
Knock-kneed blotchy men, and fake tan
Dipped dames bikini-clad pushbike girls)
Blindingly reflect the sun back to sea.

Plush speedboats, and fishermen's tugs
Bob and murmur like overgrown swans -
Heads down in the harbour, shielded
By the long breakwater's arm of stone
Hugging the sea closer to the shore.

The towering cliffs behind peer large
And eager-poised to soak sun and sea;
Repelling one back, and eaten by t'other
Their green heads crumble by degrees
And soon will touch Neptune's demesne.
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Re: Marina life

Postby AsphodelElysium » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

An interesting blend of classical and contemporary images. I like it! Good poem, Saturn.
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Re: Marina life

Postby Saturn » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:17 am

Why thank you AE :D
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Re: Marina life

Postby marwood » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:02 am

I agree good work Saturn. Did you see the t.v. programme presented by the actor
Rupert Everett about Byron? Colourful character! Byron that is! Poets eh? :shock:
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Re: Marina life

Postby Saturn » Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:53 pm

Yes I did, and you don't know the half of it - Byron's life and work is probably the most fascinating, exciting, repellent, puzzling, contradictory and damn interesting thing I've ever studied. The programme was good, but as always his poetry will be overshadowed by his strange life which is regrettable because he wrote about life as it is, in all it's beauty, it's horror, from the squalid to the magnificent and it is a shame very few in the English speaking world can't see past the images, the obscenity to the brilliance of his writing. He is, believe it or not revered by many of our continental neighbours as first and foremost a poet, whereas in the land of his birth he is reviled and dismissed as an ephemeral Regency curiosity, a villain and a rake.
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Re: Marina life

Postby dks » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:04 am

How the hell did I miss this gem? I love it--the jazzy assonance and epic allusions--what a brilliant blend! This is particularly delicious:

Below, whitewashed identikit blocks
(The summer habitation of t-shirted,
Knock-kneed blotchy men, and fake tan
Dipped dames bikini-clad pushbike girls)
Blindingly reflect the sun back to sea.

Plush speedboats, and fishermen's tugs
Bob and murmur like overgrown swans -
Heads down in the harbour, shielded
By the long breakwater's arm of stone
Hugging the sea closer to the shore.


Bravo, good man.
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