Writings and Witterings

french watch


The photo below is of the picture that inspired ‘french watch.’ It hangs in The Osborne Room at The Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport and was kindly photographed and sent to me by email. I went to an OU Poets weekend last year and my poem was inspired by one of the workshops.

Artist unknown

Artist unknown

french watch

he sees formal french
or a prussian
blue sea
sees an armada
of silky sailboats
on dull duvet water
watched by foreign
friends seated
or standing
on soft silver sand
in their sunday best

Polly Stretton Β© 2013


7 thoughts on “french watch

  1. Mais oui! C’est tres bien! πŸ™‚

    It is so lovely today and the beach is minutes away, perhaps this is a sign (as if I needed one). Loved the poem Polly. The beaches here are wonderful but not so formal anymore. You did a great job of making me feel I was there.


  2. With the aid of google translate… Merci Lea, je suis heureux que vous aimez mon poΓ¨me et qu’il vous rappelle ressort est sur son chemin.

    Isn’t the picture just a treat? I love the formality – says so much about that time πŸ™‚


  3. Lovely. Wish I was there…


  4. Perfectly interpreted Polly – well done.


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