This week's photo is by Robert Bixby, and it shows a glorious sunset from Porthlow Beach :>)


Up the côte

The sun was setting gold and pink
   to port side of the svelty boat;
the sea seemed thick as treacled ink
   while Coo & Co sailed up the côte
of fine St Mary's, south to north,
   and in their wake the glinty gulls
were following, first past the porth
   of Mellon, where a line of hulls
lay sleeping on the seaweed sands,
   and next Porthlow, its reaches framed
at base and top by rocky lands
   just large enough to be well named
as Newford Isle and Taylor's Isle,
   according to Coo's trusty book;
the former has a double file
   of trees; the latter has the look
of ancient seabird on a nest,
   especially when the tide is in,
a mass of brambles at her breast;
   the next porth up is rather thin,
but on her head St Mary wears
   a broad beret of yellow hue
dense strewn with benches, beachy chairs
   for anyone who likes the view
across to Martin's, also Saint,
   complete with vineyard, church, and quays,
and daymark, striped in red/white paint,
   plus farm where one can buy fresh cheese;
'Let's sleep upon St Mary's stalk,'
   suggested Coo; 'Yay!' Mossops cheered;
come morning, all was smooth as chalk,
   and soon the early sea mists cleared.




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Written on 2018-10-15 at 19:19

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Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
"the sea seemed thick as treacled ink": that line garnered my immediate and favourable attention! the metre throughout is masterful, the idiom fluent and lively. bravissime (feminine plural) to Coo & Co.!

ps: the poem rewards being read aloud! readers, take note!
2018-10-18


Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Wonderful imagery and rhymes :)
2018-10-17


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Wonderful!
2018-10-16


Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
All at Coo & Co heartily thank otp for the comment. The mossops have decreed that it be summer throughout our trip; we are not sure why, but we are not minded to question them :>)
2018-10-16


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
We continue to enjoy the sights and words. We're thinking a change in seasons may also change the nature of the Isles. I hope you find yourselves home and snug before it gets too chilly.
2018-10-16