Seal Etheree

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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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.

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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