Canvey Lights


By Robert Hallmann

Still in swaddling clothes and already a very successful collector of history and memories. Congratulations on a year of the CCA website.

(Viewed from Hadleigh)

When mists shroud blue the Kentish shore,
When sapphire cloaks the leas,
Low Canvey, like a pool of lights
Floats on ethereal seas

While past it travel ship-shape stars
Both west and east, but slow -
A seamless canvas, pricked and pierced
Where tiny lanterns glow.

And all the mud and merchant lands
Deem vanished from my sight.
The twilight of a perfect day
Fades to a star-crossed night...

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Canvey Lights' page

Copyright Robert Hallmann from the book The Landscapes of Essx

This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 12/04/2009.
Comments about this page

Where has the year gone! It has been a very eventful year and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I love the picture Robert.

By Janet Penn
On 13/04/2009

So nice to see a poem written with rhyme and metre! Excellent.

By Tom Jea
On 14/05/2009

Robert I have just read your beautiful poem again and it says what I hope every Islander sees as they drive their way home. Thank you once again for reminding us all of our very "Special Lansdcape".

By Barbara Roycroft
On 18/10/2009