Image by Stephen Morris

Daughter of the Sea

Daughter of the Sea

bog seeper
moss creeper
growing restless
getting steeper

trickle husher
swish and rusher
stone leaper
splash and gusher

foam flicker
mirror slicker
pebble pusher
boulder kicker

still pool
don't be fooled
shadow tricker
keeping cool

leap lunger
crash plunger
free fall
with thunder under

idle winder
youth behind her
little wonder
daily grinder

garbage binner
dump it in her
never mind her
dog's dinner

plastic bagger
old lagger
oil skinner
wharf nagger

cargo porter
weary water
tide dragger
long-lost daughter

of the se
the sea the sea
has caught her
up in its arms and set her free


from <i>The All-Nite Cafe</i> (Faber, 1993), © Philip Gross 1993, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Philip Gross Reading from his Poems for Children

1Trespassers Will

2The Twenty Sixers

3Peter Poulter

4Jack's Black Day

5Mrs Stoker

6Service

7Africa

8Song of the Empty Dovecote

9At the All-Nite Café

10Dirge for Unwin

11Who-Man

12Growler

13People-in-cars

14History Lesson

15Daughters of the Sea

16Tales from the Dark Continent

17Small Dawn Song

18Between Streetlights

19Knucklebone Yard

20Shredded

21Plate Glass

22Witch Elder

23A Funny Turn

24Teatime, 1960

25 House of Air

26Them

27The Side Way Back

28White Ones

29Dreams of an Inland Lighthouse-Keeper

30Nanny Neverly

31Master Mobius Presents

32Fire Says

33Stone Says

34The Living Room

35Rain in the Rhondda

36Big Muddy Blues

37Room Inside

Books by Philip Gross Children's Poems