Treasure Island

Fay Slimm

(Ageless. / in Cornwall U.K.)

A Sanctuary Sight.

I could take you, reader, to a quiet place
Where sea meets sand, in secret beachy cove,
And, sleeping there, a-sprawl in open spaces
Lie a hundred seals or more in silent drove.

The cliff-top watcher can but hardly count
Their numbers, random sleepy bulks below
Are motionless, until white pups, mounting
Mother's slippery back expose stained yellow
Underside and squeal with tiny lungs, crying
Out for milk. All this seen from distant top
Of perhaps two hundred feet. Flappers high
Some now are fighting, raise huge heads, then flop
Again to take more rest. This rare show, truly
Free and unexpected, leaves me gasping
In delight. What more exciting scene, blue
Sky ceiling, and sudden sky-lark asking
With a song, for early spring. The icing's
On my cake with this Sanctuary sighting.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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  • Diana Van Den Berg (7/20/2009 2:13:00 PM)

    I am not happy to be replying to this poem because I want to be still in it, standing there on the clifftop, forgetting to breathe as I gaze, enraptured, at these darling beautiful, innocent creatures, my heart fit to burst with joy.

    I had an experience like that with dolphins - and another with a baby zebra and his mama. Both times, I thought I was going to die of ecstasy. (Report) Reply

  • Myrtle Thomas (4/5/2009 8:26:00 PM)

    Fay this sounds so lovely I wish I could see it with my eyes, but I saw it through yours.Very good imagery. a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Lynda Robson (2/11/2009 9:18:00 AM)

    We have seals near here Fay and they are a joy to behold, you have captured the wonderful feeling that comes with watching them, well done,
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

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