Seal Etheree

For my response to dVerse Poets Getting in Shape for Summer– Meeting the Bar, the Etheree, I have chosen to rework a poem I wrote last August after a birthday trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point.





in the boat’s  wake

turns and dives below

the swell and wash of waves,

leading to the spit where a

colony of blubbery bulls,

salty sea dogs and expectant cows

bask on a cloudy August afternoon.


Frolicking in the wind-whipped foam and spray,

playful pups slip In and out of waves,

graceful and magical mermaids

until they wrestle clumsy

seasick bodies onto

shale and gritty sand

a colony

of grey rocks

beached on



© Kim M. Russell, 2016

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33 thoughts on “Seal Etheree

    1. Now that’s a place I wouldn’t mind seeing in real life – I’ve see SF Bay in so many TV programmes and films, it’s strange to think that it’s a real place and people live there!

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  1. This was brimming full of delightfully imaginative imagery and sensory descriptions. Also, your attention to sound and rhythm in the piece was apparent, and especially well-suited to the subject matter. The generous sprinkling of alliteration lends this a playful, bouncing quality 🙂

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    1. Thank you Bjorn. It was a most moagical trip out on a boat but we weren’t aloud to get off on the point. However, If you remember, we got closer to seals when we went for a walk along a local beach not so longs ago 🙂


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