This poem was written in response to a visit to one of my favourite places, St. Ives, trying to describe what brings me back to the sea. Cantate Domino is a title for Psalm 98, but it is also the title of a sculpture that can be found at the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St. Ives. The picture was taken on Porthmeor beach.
What brings me back to this beach is
the sound of cantate domino blown
in from the east; chanting above a
counterpoint between the ice-sharp,
froth-spray rock splash and the
ruminating bass of the eternal
sinking horizon; variations
on a theme of ‘I am neither deep,
nor strong.’ Amen. Here, forgiven
in the wind’s embrace, I sing along.