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Dar-es-Salaam Harbour

Dar harbour full of teeming life
A mass of colourful ships and boats
Radiant do your waters gleam

Each wave gently lapping the shore
Sails fluttering in the breeze

Slowly yet violently the yachts jib
As they sail and tack against the wind
Loud blast out the ships horns
As the tugs pilot them to sea or dock
And the gulls screech diving in their wakes
Many colourful dhows sail in to moor

Hot breezes on my face
As midday temperatures soar
Raising our sails we float
Bringing our bows into the wind
Out to sea we are headed
Under full sail we skim the waves
Ready for what ever adventures await

written 03/11/2013

finalist in National Anthology of Poetry Competition of 2014 video of beach
this clip shows the beach  we lived near and also others of the harbour I talk of in this poem
Dhows are a native large boat with 3 square sails of highly coloured Material similar to Junk boats / ships 



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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 10:46:00 AM

    Very glorious imagery, Shadow, I can imagine this places, would love to see it for real!
  1. Date: 1/31/2014 10:51:00 PM

    What a lovely poem, I looked the video, so nice to have an image to match to the writing, well done!!!
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 1:30:00 PM

    Oh Shadow, poetry is your twin self. What can we say of this again than excellent; kudos for the great piece. Kayod5.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 6:58:00 AM

    You wrote this so well and so full of description it was like a was almost there, enjoyed the hot breeze on my face, sending my love Beautiful Soul that you are, take care, xxx
  1. Date: 1/26/2014 11:03:00 PM

    Now my brain is in gear, I feel much more in the moment and I can feel and taste the scene. I am drawn to water so I like what you have done here. I'm glad I planned to return, otherwise I would have missed out. I see why you are a finalist. I think reading the other entrants helped get me in a poetic mood. Good luck Shadow, I think you will do well.
  1. Date: 1/26/2014 7:39:00 PM

    a 3 sailed boat with square sails Rick ty for reading Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 1/26/2014 7:35:00 PM

    What is a dhows? Overall it is a good poem although I feel emotionally disconnected. It may be because I am tired so I will come back and read again later.