Poem By Tom Billsborough
Washing the barrier reef, the Coral sea,
Brings fresh nutrients to the coral blooms,
Chrysanthemums in splendour
Where fishes of deep orange, blue
Wide banded black and yellow
Flit without collision
Gingerly for shelter
From sharp marauding sharks,
Whilst dark brown turtles hover over them
Like passive guardian angels or dispassionate stars.
The shallow water here is a pale azure
The deeper cobalt merging into indigo
And stays so colour fast for a thousand
Miles and more as we sweep eastwards
To azure once again,
The pale waters and white shores of Vanuatu.
The vast Pacific now begins,
Wide as lovers' smiles, relays our dreams
Past islands with evocative names
Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti and Tuamotu
Avoiding the doldrums of our days
And finally to Chile and Peru.
The earth is mostly water. So are we.
Our nutrients flow round us too,
As those awash within the Coral sea.