Canvey Lights


Copyright Robert Hallmann from the book The Landscapes of Essx

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…

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 (12/04/2009)
  • So nice to see a poem written with rhyme and metre! Excellent.

    By Tom Jea (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 (18/10/2009)

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