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BASS ROCK NEAR EDINBURGH

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BASS ROCK NEAR EDINBURGH

BASS  ROCK  NEAR  EDINBURGH

My child’s eye saw the graceful sea
A limitless ocean of waves
Of power  immeasurable
Adapted only to the curve of horizon
Free to move at will around the globe
Accommodating no man
God like.

Till  I saw the Bass Rock jutting its rebel head out of the Forth
A far-off piece of the seafloor
Just ordinary rock on display  -  for all to see
The ocean’s feet of clay.
And the fathomless tract of sea that  day
Lost its mystery,  its infinite dimension,
Fell from grace.
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Notes

Bass Rock is a tiny island edged with high steep cliffs  a few miles offshore 
in the Firth of Forth  near Edinburgh in Scotland. It is not famed for
 its beauty but is rather a dark intrusion into the beautiful view over the firth.

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  1. Date: 3/7/2013 11:57:00 PM
    wow, Sidney, here you are again at TOP FORM!! Love this. Soupmail!!

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:50:00 AM
    Hullo, Mr. Sidney Beck, long time no 'see'. You must be quite busy? I found your depiction of "The Bass" quite intriguing, since when I saw it while visiting North Berwick(I think North Berwick is about 25 kms outside of Edinburgh), I found the small volcanic-rock island to add to the mystery of the sea. My daughter was quite young at the time(still is), and we called "Bass Rock": "Isle of Bast". Nobody corrected us, and the name stuck for us. "....the curve of horizon/ Free to move at will around the globe/ Accommodating no man/ God like." = great lines.