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The Sea Gull’s of Galway bay, Poem: Edwin John Pratt

Sea birds of Galway bay 2
Sea gulls, on Galway bay
Irish nature Photography : Nigel Borrington

Sea Gulls

By : Edwin John Pratt

For one carved instant as they flew,
The language had no simile—
Silver, crystal, ivory
Were tarnished. Etched upon the horizon blue,
The frieze must go unchallenged, for the lift
And carriage of the wings would stain the drift
Of stars against a tropic indigo
Or dull the parable of snow.

Sea birds of Galway bay 1.

Now settling one by one
Within green hollows or where curled
Crests caught the spectrum from the sun,
A thousand wings are furled.
No clay-born lilies of the world
Could blow as free
As those wild orchids of the sea.

Sea birds of Galway bay 3

7 responses

  1. Wow!! Breathtakingly beautiful images, beautifully matched with the words Nigel.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    • Hello Anne :) :)

      Thank you , very pleased that you enjoyed them and commented :)

      January 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

  2. “Wild orchids of the sea.” Love. That first image looked a little aggressive. Just sayin’. ;-) Doesn’t he look like he’s getting the drop on that poor, unsuspecting gull?

    January 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

  3. Lovely images.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:21 am

    • Hello Vicky :) :)

      Thank you, very pleased you enjoyed them, I know you love the winged wildlife :) :) :)

      January 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

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