a seal…

he's looking right at me!

Continuing with the underwater theme from the last couple of images… and hoping that Tom will be inspired to write another poem to go with this inquisitive seal!

UPDATE: And here is a poem – very fast! and… well see below!

Those silent eyes have seen the light
that filters down below
into darkness, falling, bright,
fading to a glow.

They’ve looked upon the truth of worlds,
the profit and the loss,
while the Ocean’s vortex swirls
all countless of the cost.

They’ve seen the lilies of the deep
clothed in the finest rags
and pierced the depths where all that creeps
beneath the pressure sags.

Then to the sunlight and the air
they’ve joyously returned
like Orpheus upon the stair,
no Eurydice to spurn.

Those eyes have seen the dark abyss
and stared into the night:
greeted it with fishy kiss
and flipper flapping flight

They’ve seen the mystery and the fun
of diving deep and dark
but always there awaits the sun
and pups’ inquiring bark.

Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

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2 Responses to “a seal…”

  1. Those silent eyes have seen the light
    that filters down below
    into darkness, falling, bright,
    fading to a glow.

    They’ve looked upon the truth of worlds,
    the profit and the loss,
    while the Ocean’s vortex swirls
    all countless of the cost.

    They’ve seen the lilies of the deep
    clothed in the finest rags
    and pierced the depths where all that creeps
    beneath the pressure sags.

    Then to the sunlight and the air
    they’ve joyously returned
    like Orpheus upon the stair,
    no Eurydice to spurn.

    Those eyes have seen the dark abyss
    and stared into the night:
    greeted it with fishy kiss
    and flipper flapping flight

    They’ve seen the mystery and the fun
    of diving deep and dark
    but always there awaits the sun
    and pups’ inquiring bark.

    Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

    More melancholy, this one! But hopefully gently so.

    • Thanks Tom! I saw the melancholy in his eyes… I was feeling rather guilty about polluting his oceans but I see now there could be many reasons for the emotions of a seal!

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