A Poem in the Style of Raymond Garlick


A Poem in the Style of Raymond Garlick

Bognor Bay divided into two tongues.
A spit of shingle tossed by salty lips,
and a broad flat of sand where the wind sung
high to seagull cries. Riggings rang on
a whispering breeze, woodwind tunes and sea-
borne souls. Restless feet floundered upon
hard ground, so Pa took to sea, set his way
by his sail’s curve, and to him the sound
most loved – a ship’s bow splicing Bognor Bay.


dVerse ask us to write rhyming tercets of 3 lines stanza, 10 syllables to each line. The rhyme sets are: ON/SEA/UPON, WAY/SOUND/BAY, SUNG/LIPS/TONGUE. Image from the National Library of Ireland. CC:00 Date: 1870s NLI Ref.: STP_1179 [note: this became very awkward if divided into stanzas, so I decided to follow the brief except for that element.] ©️ Misky 2020

7 responses to “A Poem in the Style of Raymond Garlick”

  1. I like the thought of the wind singing on the sand beach with seagull cries.

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  2. Such a fine response to the challenging constraints of the tercets and using the selection of words, and as if that weren’t enough, writing in the style of Wales’ poet laureate – and still it is a gentle lilt upon the sand.

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    1. I’m delighted that enjoyed reading this one. Thank you, Peter.


  3. the prompt allowed for a composite 9er and well done on creating this vignette of Bognor Bay – lovely sounds here
    “a whispering breeze, woodwind tunes and sea-
    borne souls”

    thank you for joining the prompt

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  4. I love how you captured the sounds of the sea…

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  5. This is an enjoyable poem, and I love the sense of adventure!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Beverly Crawford avatar
    Beverly Crawford

    To landlubber me, this is a magical tale. I loved it.


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