All night the sea slept

All night the sea slept

All night the sea slept
and in the darkness
whales moved back and forth
unseen
and dolphins explored the coves
rendez-vous were agreed and kept
and lovers took to their beds

All night the waxing moon

and Venus
in the clear sky
and at least a part of the troubled world
was at peace

Day broke and a film

of silver light spread
across the ocean surface
birds took to the air
and it all began again


John Lyons

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