A sea-change

Posted: June 28, 2015 in urban poems

Tonight Toads wants us to revisit one of 3 archived challenges from Imaginary Garden. I’ve chosen Kerry’s ‘Wednesday Challenge (Very) Old School’ from 2012 which involved a now popular phrase originally from a Shakespeare play at http://withrealtoads.

from Ariel’s song in The Tempest

Newspapers roared ‘sunbed slaughter’
but it was also the death of
a particular innocence.
Those seaside holidays
with their buckets and spades,
sandcastles, ice creams,
brightly coloured deck chairs,
children darting in and out
of ankle deep water.
The black world of terror
broke through to a level we
thought was cocooned.

It tainted every photo album
all the way back to 1953.
Mum riding a donkey on Rhyl
beach. Everything was
so black and white then.

  1. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Loved your take on the prompt. Excellent write 😀

  2. The emotions here- deaths and transformations- captured strongly in bright flashes. Ive never been to rhyl but hear it’s quite lovely (even in black and white?). Your poem makes me feel as if i have been there; we all have. Cheers!

  3. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Yes, how well you have pinpointed the long-reaching effects of that particular act of terror. And what a telling ending! The title quote is well-chosen too, being about death and transformation (as well as the sea).

  4. Grace says:

    It was the death of the innocence ~ Someone things have gone black and white again ~

  5. I see our minds went to the same event.. the black and white have gotten a new meaning. Really powerful

  6. Helen says:

    Beautifully visual ~~ no matter the hue.

  7. To be cocooned would be nice – but I’m afraid it is a rare thing these days.

  8. Pow…your closing with black and white and that not-so-distant future red…this is painful and so masterfully brought forward.

  9. Brendan says:

    What is damaged by outrage? Even memory, all the way back to first beaches. That’s damage. Five fathom down.

  10. Marian says:

    Perhaps not so black and white now, but just as dangerous. More dangerous.

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