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Pollard Bay

pollard bay

Give me a towering limestone cliff  
Over a coral shore        
Azure waves crashing there
Birds called Man-O-War
Sun bakes our island’s rocky face
Blowholes shoot their spray
Shrubs cling in ceaseless wind
I make my way to a cave
 
Vertical timeless cliff face
Ochre streaked on gray
Greenery clinging to cracks and faults
As in Columbus’ day
Inside, caverns of jagged rock
And organ pipe so smooth
The ancient tunnel empty gapes
No torrent as in its youth
 
Give me a trail of scudding clouds
Watch them cross the top
Shadowing the agave there
Dizzy, I press the rock
I look out from my hidden haunt
It’s dark though not quite cool
The cavemouth frames an endless scene
Of turquoise, green and blue
 
Sea grape, broadleaf, buttonwood
Ipomea vine
A huddled cockspur with yellow seeds
A few of them now mine
What a scene! What imagery
Here in this timeless place
Devoid of man and all his schemes
Just land and sea and space
 
Life exists everywhere
Even this salty strand
A fallen cay, a small fig tree
A lizard on the sand
Space for thought and introspection
Painting and creation
Daily cares fall into place
In nature’s culmination
 
  Jwp                
20110328
Inspired by the painting Pollard Bay
by Thuyi Tin Aung
 
February 2018
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