Saturday, 2 April 2011

That's Life

For a while now my head's been too full of musical stuff to think of stringing words together: somehow it's always one or the other, not both at the same time. However, this morning I found myself forced to endure an hour or so of idleness: just me, a comfy chair, a room, a laptop, an internet connection. Can't complain...


I'd not taken a ride on the Poetry Bus for ages. I decided I'd try hopping on. Prompt this week from Titus. What I've written goes back to 2006 when we went to Maryport to see a dolphin that had swum into the harbour there.

That's Life

I once saw a dolphin
swimming round a harbour
confused perhaps
by the smooth stone sides

for some reason
it stayed there
it never swam back
out to sea

thousands came
to have a look. "look",
they'd say to their children,
pointing, "it's over there!"

and their children
went home and
drew pictures of dolphins

later I heard
it died soon after

25 comments:

Gerry Snape said...

it's good to see you back in print. I've had a bit of a low time post wise too! love the poem.

Dianne said...

a break from blogging myself. prompts keep me coming back. That memory is a potent one for poetry.
Di

Argent said...

A sad ending, but well-observed

Helen said...

Animals in captivity ... never a warm fuzzy concept. Your poem is the perfect ticket for jumping on board the Bus.

Titus said...

Very fine Dominic, the simplicity not quite so simple. The repetition of the look, in particular.
And terribly poignant.

Also a fine companion piece for Dave King's - may I have it for the book? E-mail me at TitusmckayATaolDOTcom if you do, with the name you want it to appear under. Thanks for riding!

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone; and Titus: thanks for asking, yes you may, and the email is winging it's way to you as I type!

Titus said...

It's not! You have to put a real at and dot in, you know.

The Bug said...

Very poignant - maybe it came there to die.

Totalfeckineejit said...

This strikes a chord with me Dominic. We get quite lot of seals in the sea here and it is quite strange how they stare at you and I often think how dark and lonely and boring the sea must be and what if a seal (or a dolphin) had the intellect/soul not to like it?

izzy said...

sad that animals come in to die like that sometimes, thanks for writing.

Enchanted Oak said...

Dominic! Nice to see you! In a manner of speaking...

You took my breath away with this one.

Come visit me and maybe I'll make you laugh a bit.

Emerging Writer said...

A sat story. Well told and not to be discounted

Jinksy said...

Maybe it knew it needed a safe harbour where it could die in peace...

Niamh B said...

Aww, Dominic that's so sad, but yes, have to agree with Argent, very well observed

The Weaver of Grass said...

You are spurring me on to have a go now.

Emerging Writer said...

Sorry, my typing ran away with me. A sad story!

Peter Goulding said...

Disturbing ending to what started out as a simple narrative.
This will probably remain with me for quite a while.

120 Socks said...

Awful really, so we can stare and amaze at tragedy! Hard hitting, but great poem.

e said...

Sad, but well done. Thanks for posting this.

Rachel Fenton said...

It made me think of dementia patients - very moving, Dominic, and very well written.

Doctor FTSE said...

Sad end to a life.

Lucy Westenra said...

I think the other comments say it for me.

Kat Mortensen said...

Ah! A sad commentary on how we try to hold nature for ourselves. Made me cry a little.

I'm hoping for more of these little opportunities for you, as we are the beneficiaries.

Kat

NanU said...

So sad, Dominic. Dolphins are so much more intelligent and socially advance than we give animals credit for. I hope one day we may communicate, and _listen_.

tony said...

A Sad Encore.