Saturday, 17 May 2014


Today's poem is an experimental poem which I have written along the style of William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963), and in particular, his poem "A Goodnight".

Wave pieced, the surfer falls
hark, the seagull calls! calls!
the undercurrents flow fast
deep below the tallest mast
rotting wood, ancient wreck
the boy stood on the burning deck
recite in school, teacher frowns
mortar boards, academic gowns
to tell the tale of the sea, the shore
Hollywood mood music, a score
of notes to lift the tale, add mood
the semi-naked mermaid, rude
some would say, puritans, bad
bowdlerised verse is so, so sad
and I like the salty tang, the spice
tropical lands, rum laced with ice
treasure island, island in the sun
memories stream forth in fun

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