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The submerged cathedral

Ys Bay is hard to access from the north,
   as hefty headlands guard its pebbly beach,
but turn a boat to east and voyage forth,
   and Breton's coast is easier to reach;
the waters mirror colours of the sky
   and movements too, as cloudscapes drift and dance
      while Sun and Moon both travel on their ways
and gulls and terns and petrels wheel and fly
   above the sea as though in turning trance,
      the submerged city gleaming in their gaze.

Come mornings when the waters shimmer clear,
   the old cathedral rises through the waves,
astonishing to witness, far and near,
   for birds on high to lizards homed in caves;
as spires, towers, roof, and walls ascend,
   a dozen bells begin a joyful chime,
      a company of clergy chants and tunes
to organ thunderings, and then – an end,
   the building sinks to seabed, sand and slime,
      and all that's left is sky and seabird croons.




Poetry by Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-03-05 at 19:59

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
I had to “google” Ys to fully understand the loveliness and magnificence of this work. This is truly a brilliant rhapsody on the legend. Well done!
2019-03-08


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
I had to “google” Ys to fully understand the loveliness and magnicifance of this work. This is truly a brilliant rhapsody on the legend. Well done!
2019-03-08


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
I had to “google” Ys to fully understand the loveliness and magnicifance of this work. This is truly a brilliant rhapsody on the legend. Well done!
2019-03-08


Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Well done. It was like I was there seeing it all unfold :)
2019-03-08


Bibek
I echo the comments of Tom and Kathy: a truly well-crafted verse!
2019-03-06


Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
Truly fine work: fluent, accomplished, shapely, lovely. Top-notch!
2019-03-06


Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
The imagery is gorgeous and so defined. I love the movement of the rhythm. A wonderfully done.
2019-03-05