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Eyes staring out,

interlaced in no definite order,

blue on blue—

a kind of marine family.


Secret emblems of faith,

representing the swirling oceans

set apart from landlocked fauna

living in their own colourful world.


Who could tell us of their inner reality,

beneath timeless waves

teeming life

in an unrelenting maelstrom of water?


Respect this ancient symbol,

marker of passing time,

crest of never faltering true belief,

guardian of the deep sea.

One of five poems written by Charles Jobson in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2018. 

The painting is entitled Fish, by the artist and Lynn Martinez.

Poem Charles Jobson. For permission to re-use contact  godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. 

Borough of Ealing Art Trail