POEM 4: "COAST CONSCIOUS"

 

"What's it's like?" Those inland ask
Of us at Redcar, Saltburn, Marske
"To live by coast when Summer's o'er
And shiver when the north winds blow."

Oft thus to them I have replied
It's great to live in sound of tide
And to be in easy reach
Of "Neptune's Thunder" on the beach.

The sea in all its many moods
Is livelier than Sylvan woods.
Sunset on ocean at tempest's lull,
The flight of puffin, cry of gull.
Winter's fog the Tees-mouth hides,
There's flotsam and jetsam at low tides.

"Office-type" becomes beachcomber
In Summer when the nights are warmer.
So I say to those inland
"I like, between my toes, the sand".

 

Douglas R. Tallet, November 1973


Click here to find the first poem. "To an absent one" Written at the time of Richardís first leaving home to go to Newcastle University
Click here to find the second poem. "Wishing" Also written at this time, which appears to have been quite traumatic for Dad
Click here to find the third poem. "Summer beach" A word picture of Redcar beach on a busy Summer day
Click here to find the fifth poem. "They who go down to the sea" About the sinking of a trawler on 16.02.65
Click here to find the sixth poem. "September Morning" Images of an early morning in Redcar
Click here to find the seventh poem. "For services rendered" 25 years of employment at Head Wrightson
"Five day week" Weekend pleasures away from the office


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