Treasure Island

Phil Marks


A Sea No Longer Clean


When I was twelve I first watched
The waves roll in the bay
Now forty years on and much wiser
Waves still roll on their way
Waves still roll on their way

The grains of sand remain unchanged
The seaweed still grows green
For how many years will this be so
And is the sea so clean?
And is the sea so clean?

The golden beach it curves away
A close look will reveal
Plastic iron oil and waste
The sea now not so clean
The sea now not so clean

The fruits of the sea we still enjoy
The fish they still swim free
For how many years will this be so
And will the sea be clean?
And will the sea be clean?

Man has come and man will go
A visitor in time
And all he’ll leave is junk and dirt
The sea no longer clean
The sea no longer clean

Then one day some time away
The fish no longer swim
And where was once a beach and bay
No sea no waves come in
No sea no waves come in

So listen now people all
Don’t drop it on the shore
If we don’t change our habits now
The sea there’ll be no more
The sea there’ll be no more

Submitted: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Edited: Monday, April 21, 2014

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Written just after a slow and relaxed sail voyage back from Salvador, Brazil to Plymouth on my own boat.7 weeks,1 port of call in the Azores. I set it to a rolling sea shanty tune.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/21/2014 2:32:00 AM)

    Not only the sea but also the rivers, mountains, hills, the greenish nature all are became pollutted and the subject taken by the poet is contemporary and is good to its intention. (Report) Reply

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