kelp dreams…

kelp forest... well, glade

More water and creatures… hope you like!

UPDATE: From Tom in the comments a lovely poetic evocation of exactly the feeling I was trying to achieve with the image…

Follow down to twilight dusk
where the fish and kelp-crabs dwell
past the shipwreck’s empty husk
deep beneath the surface swell

Out of airy sunlit waters
down to where the holdfasts cling
where abyssal secret creatures
listen as the mermaids sing

Here beneath the floating fronds
live the denizens of yore
letting slip the surly bonds
protected from the tidal bore

Tangled in the kelpen strands
catching plankton from the flow
that rises up from secret lands
deeper darkness down below

Caught between the day and night
living balanced on the tide
neither of the dark nor light
here they live and here they hide

From the pirate gulls above
from the Krakens of the deep
safe in Ocean’s boundless love
safe within this cloistered keep

Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

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7 Responses to “kelp dreams…”

  1. I love!

  2. Follow down to twilight dusk
    where the fish and kelp-crabs dwell
    past the shipwreck’s empty husk
    deep beneath the surface swell

    Out of airy sunlit waters
    down to where the holdfasts cling
    where abyssal secret creatures
    listen as the mermaids sing

    Here beneath the floating fronds
    live the denizens of yore
    letting slip the surly bonds
    protected from the tidal bore

    Tangled in the kelpen strands
    catching plankton from the flow
    that rises up from secret lands
    deeper darkness down below

    Caught between the day and night
    living balanced on the tide
    neither of the dark nor light
    here they live and here they hide

    From the pirate gulls above
    from the Krakens of the deep
    safe in Ocean’s boundless love
    safe within this cloistered keep

    Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

    Really like the form factor on this one, the sense of depth as it keeps going on and on, and the way it fades from light to darkness.

    • That’s how it would have been sung, had Odysseus been able to breathe underwater.

    • Thanks Tom. Lovely!!
      …and you worked in Krakens! lol

      • Hey, I just write what I see! I’ve just started the book, and thought it was kind of fun to mention particularly as “Kraken” seems always to be used in the singular, so the idea of many of them amuses me, like a herd of Popes or something 😀

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