AWARD WINNING POEMS
SONGS OF THE SEA
Australian Society of Authors Ltd ©
Commended, Scribbligum 'Gum Blossoms' Poetry Competition, 2007, and first published on the Scribbligum website: www.scribbligum.com
Down through the centuries, mariners reported
An elusive sea serpent, sinuous and long,
With a series of humps and a horse-like head,
Cruising the waves, singing a song.
As I swim in the sea
The waves whinny stories to me.
The ancient Greeks all worshipped Poseidon -
Elderly god ruling the ocean,
Carrying a trident, astride a dolphin,
Riding the waves with stately motion.
As I sail on the sea
The white caps roar stories to me.
The sea-god Triton, son of Poseidon -
Body of a fish and head of a man -
Blows into a shell, and its trumpeting voice
Has resounded forever since time began.
As I dive in the sea
The deep echoes stories to me.
A mermaid - young, in love with a prince -
On the shore, in hope, abandons her tail.
He marries another and the mermaid in grief
Dissolves in the air, doomed to fail.
As I paddle by the sea
The sands wail stories to me.