Seal watching

On Wednesday we finally did what we planned to do on Monday – we drove along the North Norfolk coast to Blakeney and took a seal trip with one of the local boat companies. In a boat full of holiday-makers it was difficult to safely take photographs on his mobile phone, but my husband succeeded. He sent me a small selection and I chose one as inspiration for another poem

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Seal Watching

A sleek swimmer

Following our wake

Suddenly turns

Dives below the swell

And wash of waves

Leads us to the spit

A colony of sea dogs

Expectant cows

And blubbery bulls

Basking in the weak sun

Of a cloudy August afternoon

Playful pups

Slip gracefully

In and out of waves

Echoes of magical

Mermaid’s call

Until they haul

Clumsy bodies

Over shale and sand

Beached on land


5 thoughts on “Seal watching

  1. Beautiful poem, Kim. I remember the seal trip from Blakeney very well from our trips to the Norfolk coast. What a stunning part of the country, with its open skies and unspoilt coastline – definitely inspiring.


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