The Rock Pool

A perfect reflection in a rock pool . . .

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©Theo van Zyl/

This is the sea. In these uneven walls
A wave lies prisoned. Far and far away
Outward to ocean, as the slow tide falls,
Her sisters through the capes that hold the bay
Dancing in lovely liberty recede.
Yet lovely in captivity she lies,
Filled with soft colours, where the wavering weed
Moves gently and discloses to our eyes
Blurred shining veins of rock and lucent shells
Under the light-shot water; and here repose
Small quiet fish and dimly glowing bells
Of sleeping sea-anemones that close
Their tender fronds and will not now awake
Till on these rocks the waves returning break.
The Rock Pool by Edward Shanks

. . . is disturbed by an incoming wave.

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©Theo van Zyl/


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15 Comments on “The Rock Pool”

  1. March 20, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Great post, both in words and photos

    • March 20, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thank you! I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving a comment. 🙂

  2. March 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Wonderful how the words of this poem highlights the beauty of the photos. Looking at it I would be inspired to write something as well, for it draws you in and quiets your soul for meditation and peaceful reflections. Thank you for sharing.


    • March 21, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      Glad you liked it! Yes, the photos made me think of the poem again. The two go so well together.

  3. March 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    This is so beautiful. I found the blend of wonderful photography, pensive mood and beautiful words really lovely.

  4. March 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I love the meditative quality of the stillness and then the wave pushing in.
    Beautiful poem.

  5. Eha
    March 21, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    This made the day nicer for me . . . even the wavelet slowly washing in was of such a gentle nature . . . .

    • March 21, 2013 at 8:49 am #

      I am glad that it brightened your day, Eha! The photos and especially the poem made me feel very peaceful, and as Jackie said above, meditative.

  6. March 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Loved that first picture!

    • March 23, 2013 at 6:48 am #

      It is a beautiful one, isn’t it? Makes me feel peaceful just looking at it. I’ll be posting more about where that rock pool is soon.

      • March 23, 2013 at 7:04 am #

        Really gorgeous. And an excellent picture. Feels like you are right there!

  7. March 24, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    gorgeous, serene imagery in words and pix

  8. 1annecasey
    March 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm #


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