Treasure Island

Sean Joyce

(17 April Everyear / Galway, Ireland)

The Things I Saw


A smiling child on a clattering tram
looking out at the traffic lights
She wore a big daft hat at an angle
and her nose against the glass

A smiling boy on his way to school
his hands shape and chop the air
His eyes are fixed upon a vision
as he carves his future there

A smiling baby on its mother’s back
delighted with the whole wide world
plans to take the whole thing over
then slips back inside the pack

A sun-dappled tree in the city park
reflected in the city park’s lake
Twice-dappled leaves an impression
an impression I can take

The things I saw were wonderful
you know they stopped me in my tracks
The things I saw were stupendous
I look forward to going back

Submitted: Sunday, December 18, 2005

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  • Duncan Wyllie (2/9/2006 1:41:00 PM)

    Dear Shaun
    This is the type of poem that seems to really open up the reader.It really is the little things in life that carry the greatest inspiration and meaning.Lovely Poem Thankyou for this .Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • Charles Chaim Wax (12/18/2005 3:19:00 PM)

    the eye
    opens to wonder
    which alone can sustain us
    when other times
    stuff us into despair
    this poem gives us the truth of life
    in a lovely way (Report) Reply

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