Tom Billsborough

Pacific Days

Washing the barrier reef, the Coral sea,
Brings fresh nutrients to the coral blooms,
Chrysanthemums in splendour
Where fishes of deep orange, blue
Wide banded black and yellow
Flit without collision
Gingerly for shelter
From sharp marauding sharks,
Whilst dark brown turtles hover over them
Like passive guardian angels or dispassionate stars.
The shallow water here is a pale azure
The deeper cobalt merging into indigo
And stays so colour fast for a thousand
Miles and more as we sweep eastwards
To azure once again,
The pale waters and white shores of Vanuatu.
The vast Pacific now begins,
Wide as lovers' smiles, relays our dreams
Past islands with evocative names
Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti and Tuamotu
Avoiding the doldrums of our days
And finally to Chile and Peru.

The earth is mostly water. So are we.
Our nutrients flow round us too,
As those awash within the Coral sea.

Topic(s) of this poem: peace

Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Form: Alexandrine


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jUST A DREAM BUT I'VE NEVER BEEN, EXCEPT IN DREAMS

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (6/30/2018 10:22:00 AM)

    The shallow water here is a pale azure
    The deeper cobalt merging into indigo
    And stays so colour fast for a thousand
    Miles and more as we sweep eastwards

    The seas of the West have a deeper, lovely azure shade

    You have painted a beautiful seascape as if you have seen all those underwater sights with the eyes of a scuba diver! I too have a great fascination for the sea! Lovely write, Tom

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  • Tan PratonixTan Pratonix (10/25/2017 11:46:00 AM)

    This is a great poem. It is almost if you were there by the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Well done, my friend! I can't believe you said it is just a dream. You must have been there in the Great Pacific. I can see you looking down into the deep blue sea, or perhaps immersed in a bathyscape.

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    Tom Billsborough(10/25/2017 1:53:00 PM)

    I wish I had seen some of those sights. Only in films and documentaries. My love of the sea is genuine and I see the Pacific as the imagination stretched out and boundless That you for your comments. I shall read more of your poems. The content of the one I read was excellent.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (4/1/2017 6:13:00 PM)

    i didn't say much the first time around, did i?

    to MyPoemList and to April 2017's showcase for PH poets, if you don't complain! !

    favorite lines:

    The earth is mostly water. So are we.
    Our nutrients flow round us too,
    As those awash within the Coral sea.

    topic: peace ..............yes, if you avoid the sharks.

    bri

    let me know if you don't want me to use it.

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    Tom Billsborough(4/2/2017 2:28:00 AM)

    Thanks Bri. Yes, you may use it for April. Funnily enough it's one I like myself.

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  • Norah TunneyNorah Tunney (3/15/2017 11:33:00 PM)

    I lost myself in your poetic painting again tonight, absolutely delightful. I know I commented before but i found myself reading it again tonight Tom. Wonderful! ! ! !

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    Tom Billsborough(3/16/2017 5:25:00 AM)

    Thanks, Norah. It's one I really enjoyed writing, especially the chance to bring in colour and beautiful sounding names!

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  • Siddartha MontikSiddartha Montik (1/12/2017 4:52:00 PM)

    Nice write about Nature, thank you. Sir.

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    Tom Billsborough(1/13/2017 7:13:00 AM)

    I try to visualize these places when I meditate. Very relaxing.

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  • Georgie HildermanGeorgie Hilderman (11/27/2016 7:59:00 PM)

    Very nice description of color, it creates a beautiful image!

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    Tom Billsborough(11/28/2016 1:22:00 AM)

    Thanks, Georgie. I like to use colour a lot in verse. I'm probably a frustrated artist!

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (8/17/2016 9:57:00 PM)

    From sharp marauding sharks, ..........sharp as in smart or clever, like you and me? ?

    i've a college friend living for years in Fiji. he would welcome you i think if you would only stop by some day.

    i'll just stay home and read more of your poems.

    bri :)

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    Tom Billsborough(8/18/2016 1:54:00 AM)

    Well, I do have sharp teeth, what's left of them, anyway.

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  • Annette AitkenAnnette Aitken (7/31/2016 9:33:00 AM)

    So beauitfully written the scenes you paint with your pen is excellent. so enjoyed this read.

    Annette

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    Tom Billsborough(7/31/2016 1:25:00 PM)

    Thank you Annette. The place names are so poetic and the colour changes in the sea are fascinating.
    Tom

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  • Mihaela PirjolMihaela Pirjol (4/22/2016 8:50:00 AM)

    Beautiful imagery and serene mood, blending lovely in this fine-written poem.

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    Tom Billsborough(4/22/2016 9:43:00 AM)

    Thank you, Mihaela. I read one of your poems for which Dimitrios provided a Greek version. I took ancient Greek and Latin at School but my Greek now is very frail! It was a beautiful poem in the English but I forgot to put a comment on it. Perhaps I should revise my Greek. I'd love to read Sappho,
    Sophocles and Euripides in the original again. When I first went to senior school our annual school play was Oedipus in Greek!
    Tom Billsborough

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  • Norah TunneyNorah Tunney (4/21/2016 5:10:00 PM)

    I got lost in this beautiful dream also Tom
    It took me to paradise for a wee while in the midst of my busy day
    Well written also

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    Tom Billsborough(4/21/2016 5:28:00 PM)

    I think I started thinking about all those romantic sounding names and the vast tracts of empty ocean in that last stretch from Tuamotu to Peru or prob Chile as my dream usually ends in Valparaiso! . It's been a beautifully sunny April day here and Mr Purry and I were lazing in the garden at the time. Nice to hear from you again,
    Tom

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/21/2016 5:06:00 AM)

    Like passive guardian angels or dispassionate stars.
    The shallow water here is a pale azure
    The deeper cobalt merging into indigo.. such a wonderful nature poem you are a great lover of nature...... Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti and Tuamotu, Chile and Peru. like all these in your poem.. write and write and write. you are a creative genius. tony

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    Tom Billsborough(4/21/2016 5:41:00 AM)

    Thank you for your kind comments, Tony. It is inspiring to read your work. I thought you last poem which I read this morning was great.
    Thanks again, my friend.
    Tom

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (4/21/2016 2:26:00 AM)

    A fine dream, indeed. Let us hope that we take global warming seriously before all the coral reefs are gone.

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    Tom Billsborough(4/21/2016 2:28:00 AM)

    Yes, Kelly. We cannot afford to lose this part of our valuable habitats. A dead sea is no sea at all, just a refuse dump of dead dreams.
    Tom

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/21/2016 2:23:00 AM)

    The vast Pacific now begins! Nice piece of work.

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    Tom Billsborough(4/21/2016 2:31:00 AM)

    Thank you, Edward. I think I was feeling a bit expansive this morning. Looking at your latest work today.
    Tom

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