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Whilst sitting overlooking the sea at Lyme Regis (one of the best places on England’s south coast) I composed some verses.  They will form part of a larger work all based on sea experiences. Returning home I picked up this poem by Robert Frost – to me one of the most insightful of poets. It all goes to show there are few new ideas in the world just different ways of expressing them. Although I am not sure he felt about the sea as I do!

Neither Out Far Nor In Deep – Robert Frost

The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.

As long as it takes to pass
A ship keeps raising its hull;
The wetter ground like glass
Reflects a standing gull.

The land may vary more;
But whatever the truth may be-
The water comes ashore,
And the people look at the sea.

They cannot look out far.
They cannot look in deep.
But when was that ever a bar
To any watch they keep.

Introspection at the Seaside – Denny Bradbury

Two ladies of advancing years
stopped to say ‘hello’
pass the time and talk of things
they knew of long ago.

The sea was calm, the sun was out
but t’was January cold
then they tottered on their way
somehow not so old.

I sat staring out to sea
bounded by the distant cliff
when a blackbird sang to me
his company too brief.

Thanking him I went to sit
beside the winter shore,
I thought on sea and sky and wind
introspection at my core.

Best wishes – Denny Bradbury

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