Poetry Plus – The Coral Grove – A poem by James Gates Percival

The Coral Grove by James Gates Percival

Turquoise Waters Gleam

Turquoise Waters Gleam
Fishes dazzling radiant swim
Coral paradise

James Gates Percival, (1795 -1856) an American poet, surgeon, and geologist.He assisted Noah Webster in editing his great American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828. poetic works include Prometheus and The Dream of a Day (1843).

His poetic works include Prometheus and The Dream of a Day (1843). A short poem by him The Language of Flowers was set to music by the English composer Edward Elgar at the age of fourteen.

Poem Attribution © James Gates Percival, The Coral Grove

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-coral-grove/

Haiku Attribution Goff James, Turquoise Waters Gleam

Painting Attribution © Oksana Ivanik, The Golden Glow of the Sea, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-The-Golden-Glow-of-the-Sea/1012471/4668786/view

The Coral Grove by James Gates Percival

DEEP in the wave is a coral grove,
Where the purple mullet, and gold-fish rove,
Where the sea-flower spreads its leaves of blue,
That never are wet with falling dew,
But in bright and changeful beauty shine,
Far down in the green and glassy brine.
The floor is of sand, like the mountain drift,
And the pearl shells spangle the flinty snow;
From coral rocks the sea plants lift
Their boughs, where the tides and billows flow;
The water is calm and still below,
For the winds and waves are absent there,
And the sands are bright as the stars that glow
In the motionless fields of upper air:
There with its waving blade of green,
The sea-flag streams through the silent water,
And the crimson leaf of the dulse is seen
To bluch, like a banner bathed in slaughter:
There with a light and easy motion,
The fan-coral sweeps through the clear deep sea;
And the yellow and scarlet tufts of ocean
Are bending like corn on the upland lea:
And life, in rare and beautiful forms,
Is sporting amid those bowers of stone,
And is safe, when the wrathful spirit of storms,
Has made the top of the waves his own:
And when the ship from his fury flies,
Where the myriad voices of ocean roar,
When the wind-god frowns in the murky skies,
And demons are waiting the wreck on shore;
Then far below in the peaceful sea,
The purple mullet, and gold-fish rove,
Where the waters murmur tranquilly,
Through the bending twigs of the coral grove.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/james-gates-percival/biography/

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    • Hi, Suzette. It is so good to have feedback about postings. They are so useful in planning. Thank you so much for your positive comments.
      Now an update on House for Sale. Couplet number 7 is scheduled for Friday. I have had the editor’s pen out for a minor adjustment V2 line 3 – sight>view.
      I have a feeling now that the image used so far has become a little over used. As this phase of the tale has come to an end; and, a change is taking place; it may be appropriate to use another image with a different vista. Also, maybe a new subtitle needs to be thought about for the next phase of the journey. Any suggestions. Continuity or Change? How do you feel about these ideas. I am open to suggestions. Please advise. Best Regards.

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      • I agree a new phase/subtitle is a great idea!

        I am open to both, most definitely, however change is good
        My thoughts as follows:
        1) A Farewell segment with a subtile (Some thoughts on title for your review are listed below)

        The sub-title segment could be
        a) plans to move: either return to the homeland or

        b) move to another homestead;

        And, the travails of change, the triumps, twists and turns that go with the above adventures.

        2) Some Subtitle ideas:
        “Milk and Honey”
        “The homestead”
        “Settler’s Cabin”
        “Ranch for Sale”
        “Estate Affairs”
        “Prodigal Return”
        “Territory Sagas”
        “Hinterland Home”
        “A new start”
        “Starting over”
        “Breaking new ground”
        “Hope revisted”
        “In search of a harvest”
        “Floor plans”
        “New harvest”
        “Adopted land”
        “Already home”

        Just my two cents. I am happy with any approach you decide. Thank you Goff.


      • Many thanks, Suzette, for your time and the suggested ideas and support; really, really helpful; for, just two cents that is great value. All duly noted. Have a Great Two Cents Day.

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