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Early Morning in Walvis Bay

Hand in hand with the breaking pink light of dawn, 
A light east breeze dances on tiptoes upon the water’s surface. 
I stand on the wooden deck, looking out onto the quiet bay,
Scattered boats gently sway in their moorings.

Making me feel like I am flying amongst them - a bird on a wing,
Flocks of terns swoop and rise in graceful circles close beside me.
Dexterously stepping over the green covered rocks on the shore, three white egrets are here too;
They keenly pick out their breakfast in the lapping tide.

With a swoop and fall, a cormorant dives deftly into the water and disappears,
Moments later the bird emerges several metres away as if out of nowhere. 
In a display of alternating flashes of grey and brilliant white, 
Plovers so small and so swift turn and glide in controlled unison.

I glance northwards towards a distant gentle hum,
There great ships are silhouetted in the waking harbour.
I stand and breathe in true appreciation;
Oh, the magnificent beauty of this new day.

Copyright © Eleanor Fox | Year Posted 2012


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  1. Date: 1/20/2016 8:28:00 PM

    ELEANOR, I really enjoyed this poem thanks for sharing **SKAT**
  1. Date: 3/21/2012 12:29:00 PM

    i felt like i was standing there with you experiencing this lovely morning. this is a beautiful poem!
  1. Date: 3/21/2012 7:46:00 AM

    well written, neighbour
  1. Date: 3/21/2012 6:51:00 AM

    A beautiful poem Eleanor ! - oxox