Cornish Song

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Elizabeth Jane Timms is back with another poem in her Cornish themed mini-series. Her third offering, Cornish Song was influenced by the devastating beauty of Polridmouth Cove Beach. The other poems in Elizabeth’s series can be found here here.

I threw my love for you into the sea and you looked back,

In its eternal blue green gaze, tossing upon the waves its feverish passion,

As I sewed stars upon the sky with my needle, on its night velvet.

Looking out from the little window of the ruined castle,

I lay my head upon a rock and I watched the shadows of shipwrecks

Loom over the waves, silvered by the moon’s wand –

And my heart was as a barnacle upon a rock,

Remembered only by seagulls.

This was our affection in edges:

My drawing closer as your tide pulled away,

And my retreating as you came in,

Pursuing my love when I withdrew it

And pulling away when I ran towards you.


© Elizabeth Jane Timms 2019

If you enjoyed Cornish Song you can read more of our Cornish themed poems hereYou can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Join us next month for On Cornish Cliffs, the next poem in Elizabeth’s series.

Title Image Credit: Polridmouth beach (Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]


Elizabeth Jane Timms
Elizabeth Jane Timms is a royal historian, freelance writer, research professional and poet, based in Oxford. She is a member of the Oxford Writers' Circle and the University of Oxford Poetry Society. She writes for journals, magazines, newsletters and the web. She divides her time between Oxford and London.

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