We often have International students stay with us as part of our family. Peter and I feel it is our responsibility to give them sound advice to protect them whilst they are staying on the beautiful Gold Coast.
All that the students want to do is enjoy our beautiful beaches, swim in the surf and enjoy the exciting Gold Coast night life….. but there are dangers.
Recently when I was going through all the safety rules with our latest student – swim between the flags, don’t swim out too far, don’t swim at night, don’t’ drink too much, steer away from the shady characters of the night light, watch out for your friends – a dark surreal image popped into my mind.
For a while I tossed this image around in my mind as subject for a painting, and the more I thought about, it evolved into a dark warning to all dangers of the night!
Of course once I finished painting this image, I had to write a poem to accompany it. The poem took on the dangers of the dark and asked the reader to imagine the word was like the ocean, deep dark and mysterious, full of beauty and dangers.
Dangers of swimming at night.
An ocean is a world of its own
A mystery, an unknown zone
Wonder at its undiscovered depths
Respect and love its strength.
The ocean gives , the ocean takes
Upon shores its endless waves break
We sail upon, we fish, we play
Sun shines on blue through the day.
At night, we swim for fun
No fear, let our inhibitions run
Who cares what lurks beneath,
Way down, down in the deep.
However danger goes before.
Check who’s watching the shore
Swim in close don’t go too far
Stay in, don’t cross the bar.
Monsters of the deep
Into your world they’ll creep
They slip in under your skin
Too late, when did it begin?