The Ghost of Rhosilli Bay

 

On the beaches at Rhosilli Bay,
A young girl praying, clasps her hands
While watching through the misty spray.

Through the waves so cold and grey,
A storm tossed ketch has struck the sands
On the beaches at Rhosilli Bay.

A lifeboat launched without delay;
Her true love, in the bow he stands
While watching through the misty spray.

Five lives were lost that fated day,
Four from the shores of foreign lands
On the beaches at Rhosilli Bay.

The fifth, the young girl’s fiancé,
Shattered her heart and wedding plans
While watching through the misty spray.

In lonely moonlight waves still play;
Two centuries pass and still she stands
On the beaches at Rhosilli Bay,
While watching through the misty spray.

A poem by Mysteral.
© September 2008
 

Form for this poem is a villanelle, written in response to a challenge in Vicious Writers Group.
Repetition of the first and third lines of the first tercet in alternate tercets and together at the ending is required by the form as a refrain.
Rhosilli Bay I remember from childhood, and is located on the Gower Coast, in South Wales.  The few times I visited, it was almost deserted.  The poem was inspired by the picture.

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