NaPM 2016 Day 8

Topic 08: Write a poem inspired by a place you have lived or inspired by a place you have wanted to live.

Form : any

Line requirements: 8 lines or more

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The Gold Coast Salted sands of shining hue,

warm beneath the bronzing glow,

all tranquil is the shushing blue,

where dreams are born and left to grow –

among the gleaming ebb and flow

of smiles and splendid stories told

by those whose job it is to know:

the glitter city spreads its gold.

Add plastic glamour to the brew,

sit back and watch the polished show,

while parti-coloured troubles stew

inside the gilded portmanteau

that tourists carry when they go

back to their sordid lives and old

existence while, amid the woe,

the glitter city spreads its gold.

Beyond the aura bright, a few

avoid the lure of ethics low,

and from their mouths the Scriptures spew,

while at the mass of sin they throw

dire warnings, like the cawing crow;

stark right to moral breasts they hold,

yet in the seething undertow,

the glitter city spreads its gold.

In black and white, the to and fro

ensures the Coast is never cold –

so while the shallow breezes blow,

the glitter city spreads its gold.

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