, Gloucester, MA


October 15, 2012

Cape Ann

Surrounded by sea on every side

Ere at the mercy of storm and tide

Touched and kissed by resplendent foam

This beautiful island we call our home

Oh, Cape Ann, your wonderful light

A native’s, tourist’s and artist’s delight

In what we have we take such pride

Proclaiming your glory far and wide

When the surf is high and the waves are breaking

The scenes are more than just breath-taking

Roiling seas, or skies of blue

Nature’s fury and beauty, too.

When we’re low or whatever betide

Nothing restores like that back shore ride

Nor is there beauty in ocean alone

Rugged rocks, the fog horn’s groan

Seagulls squawking, they’re wonderfully white

Fishing boats painted in colors so bright

Our famous statues, Magnolia shore

Hammond Castle, Rockport and more

Deserted Dogtown with blueberries blest

There’s so much to show an awestruck guest!

Returning from traveling, thanks abound

We’re struck by this beauty all around

Nothing could bring us more good cheer

And aren’t we lucky — we live right here!

Judith A. Williams

Washington Street, Gloucester

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