Botany Bay


As sapphire cools as crystal in the sky

I trace its form;


When colour drifts with peace, and so behaves

With peace devout;


The distant, fractal lights of our July,

Which graced us warm,


As sunset layers its life on drawing waves

And ripples out.



Although any peaceful coast could do, chiefly when writing this I thought of Botany Bay in Kent: search it, if you have never been. It is surreally, eerily beautiful. I have many very happy childhood memories of the place, none of which justify this rather desolate verse. 


One thought on “Botany Bay

  1. We think of you whenever we go there. One of my favourite photos is of you and Edward standing in the surf gazing out to sea, which you aften did.

    Sent from my iPad


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