Saturday, 14 November 2015

'Ode to the Coast' - a poem by John Cooper Clarke

The National Trust-commissioned Nation’s Ode to the Coast was written by John Cooper Clarke – with help from the British public – and is a celebration of time and tide, bucket and spade. The poem, plus a link to a Guardian article by Will Coldwell accompanied by a National Trust video follow:-

'Nation’s Ode to the Coast' - a poem by Dr John Cooper Clarke

A big fat sky and a thousand shrieks
The tide arrives and the timber creaks
A world away from the working week
Où est la vie nautique?
That’s where the sea comes in …

Dishevelled shells and shovelled sands,
Architecture all unplanned
A spade ‘n’ bucket wonderland
A golden space, a Frisbee and
The kids and dogs can run and run
And not run in to anyone
Way out! Real gone!
That’s where the sea comes in …

Impervious to human speech, idle time and tidal reach
Some memories you can’t impeach
That’s where the sea comes in
A nice cuppa splosh and a round of toast
A cursory glance at the morning post
A pointless walk along the coast
That’s what floats my boat the most
That’s where the sea comes in …

Now, voyager – once resigned
Go forth to seek and find
The hazy days you left behind
Right there in the back of your mind
Where lucid dreams begin
With rolling dunes and rattling shale
The shoreline then a swollen sail
Picked out by a shimmering halo
That’s where the sea comes in …

Could this be luck by chance?
Eternity in a second glance
A universe beyond romance
That’s where the sea comes in…
Yeah, that’s where the sea comes in …   Ode to the Coast: poetry day (8th October) article by Will Coldwell, and a National Trust video

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