Harbour Nights

Harbour Nights

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

At dawn the sky brewed dismal grey,
relentless rain moved in to stay,
all day the heavens wept with grief.

From terraced tiers my eyes glance down
through window glass I view this town
by night festooned in fairy lights.

Returning home are fishing boats,
while anchored craft are now afloat,
high tide within old harbour walls.

All Brixham's jewels are on display,
in witching hours a grand array,
this inner basin sparkles bright.

Without a doubt, at dark this place
brings forth a smile upon my face
out come the ghosts of ages past.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Brixham is certainly a busy fishing village - though I guess less busy that it once was. I used to live further east along the Devon coast and the fishing boats were registered in Brixham. I have a feeling that the place probably looks better at night than in the cold light of a grey day - and you capture the magic of the dark hours in this pleasingly reflecting poem.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you Jibey. I am very fond of Brixham, but have to agree with you. At night it becomes magical .. read more



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dear Chris... even our town has a ghostly feel with church steeples and their bells... especially at dawn by the Rappahannock River where George Washington our first President lived as a boy. We walk the streets and take a horse and buggy ride to imagine what life was like more than a hundred years ago. Love the ambience of your poetry. truly, Pat

Posted 6 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Dear Pat, thank you for sharing your history. I would love to take a ride on that horse drawn buggy .. read more
I love the nautical theme here. I live in a place where I can smell the salt in the sea air. i love it. Good work. Please keep writing more.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Pleased you enjoyed the read.

Chris
I was there at Brixham last weekend Chris and your verse captured the whole experience - a place with much interest and still busy with coming and going of visitors - sat on the harbour in warm winter sun and after reading your poem I was there once again. My thanks for this delightful display of its many attractions.

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Thank you Fay. I hope you enjoyed your visit last week-end. Brixham for me becomes magical at night,.. read more

Delightful .. one can almost smell it, the harbour side that is and hear the gulls.. tis Brixham to a tee.

N.

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

Thank you so much Neville. A couple of months since I last visited and yes I miss that place. Not pl.. read more
Neville

10 Months Ago

Some places are just like that, magical..
Christine Anne Shaw

10 Months Ago

They are indeed. Have a lovely evening Neville. I owe you a mail.
Beautiful setting Chris, I could picture Brixham quite clearly in your words and the somewhat dismal weather that makes the evening lights more enjoyable. It reminds me of watching a snowfall with the lights of town shining through the flakes.

A good descriptive write.


Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Many thanks Ted. You are right about the contrast. Grey and dismal by day and twinkly lights at nigh.. read more
Starts out a bit bleakly; covers a delightful panoramic view and ends up conveying great charm--including
friendly, vintage apparitions.
An elegant ride, Chris!

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Yes Jimmy. Tried to get some contrast in here. Pleased you picked up on that. Those twinkly lights a.. read more
I love the old Port cities. The sound of life, the sea. I enjoyed your thoughts. Made me wish for a long vacation at Monterey. Thank you Chris for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Coyote for such a thoughtful and encouraging review. Know that you are appreciated. All go.. read more
Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris.
' All Brixham's jewels are on display, ~ in witching hours a grand array, ~ this inner basin sparkles bright.

A gentle, nostalgic yet memorable poem, you've caught the character of Brixham so well. Am inclined to think of most seaside places as beautiful with stars or lights or both hurtling streaks of silver here there and everywhere! Love it.. for some reason your poem makes me think of every day Christmas decorations.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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emmajoy

11 Months Ago

Congratulations by the dozens!! How wonderful to have a new baby in your family... oh my, yes, yes,.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Some very welcome news for your family too. Nothing like a good wedding to bring everyone together. .. read more
emmajoy

11 Months Ago

It's dribbling in amongst the excess food and fallen petals and.. and.. and.. Smiling ..
My daughter and I have started taking walks after dark. I was just thinking last night how much more alive to everything around me I feel when walking out at dark. There’s just something about the dark. It makes the senses sharper.

I haven’t an inkling what Brixham is like in real life, but your poem brings a charming harbor village to life for me. I love harbor villages for the way they bring two worlds together. You’ve captured that for me here.

It’s a lovely, vibrant evening moment captured for posterity in verse. Really enjoyed the reading.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Eilis. Brixham by night is magical and I feel sure other places are too. Take away the peo.. read more
Another fine poem that puts you there! Reminds me of a visit to Cape Cod many years ago.
T

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

12 Months Ago

You are spoiling me with your visits today Tom. Have to say a huge thank you for all the reads.
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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for two years now, content to be in the company of like minded souls who love poetry. There are many talented poets on this forum. Have been reading poetry most of my life,.. more..

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