Saturday, May 01, 2010

every ocean smells of tar

Seven Mile Beach, February 2010.

Winter is near, the message is clear: I miss the beach.
The Beach, Robert Graves

Louder than gulls the little children scream
Whom fathers haul into the jovial foam;
But others fearlessly rush in, breast high,
Laughing the salty water from their mouthes--
Heroes of the nursery.

The horny boatman, who has seen whales
And flying fishes, who has sailed as far
As Demerara and the Ivory Coast,
Will warn them, when they crowd to hear his tales,
That every ocean smells of tar.


Magpie said...

Are the beaches not beautiful on a chilly autumn day?

Roddy said...

I wonder what the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico smell like at the moment? I know the smell of Hydrocarbons here is bad enough. I am getting well paid to smell them. Be aware though, some are toxic!