Poetry

My poetry, like me, tends to be fairly straightforward. Most of it is written in the spirit, if not the form, of Haiku, in the sense that I am attempting to capture moments or emotions in time and find deeper, universal meaning there. If you like complex, multi-layered poetry then mine is probably not the stuff for you.

This poem, Crab, is the first serious poem I ever had published. It is also the first serious poem I ever submitted for publication. If you like it, or just think it’s okay, then you may well like some of the other poems linked below…

CRAB

The shallows have always suited me
Don’t get me wrong: I love the crashing waves, the raging sea
But I wouldn’t want to tame them.

There’s a rhythm to life here in this pool
Predictability I’ve grown to love
Sometimes tedious in its simplicity

But each new tide brings possibilities.

It’s not all plain sailing, if you’ll excuse the pun,
I’ve been swept along in the undertow,
Dashed on the rocks by dangerous currents,
There are chinks in the armour, cracks in the shell
And the soft underbelly I daren’t expose again
To the pull of the mermaid’s line and hook.

The shallows have always suited me
Don’t get me wrong: I love the waves, the sea, the mermaid’s song

But I wouldn’t want to tame them.

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