Thursday, August 9, 2018

The White Cliffs & the Sea Air

We are sisters, lovers, mothers...
We are gentle, creative, receptive...
We are the seven sisters.
Take our hand,
walk with us
under the dramatic skies.
Revel in the views,
the white cliffs & the sea air.

The white cliffs & the sea air
Breathe in, breathe deep
and look within;
like the rise and fall
of soft green grass,
embrace the rise and fall of your heart;
like the endless blue ocean,
tap into the depths of
your endless emotions.

The white cliffs and the sea air,
coexisting yet standing out,
glittering like the dew of winter mornings
yet holding their own sunshine,
not over-shadowing each other's personalities.
The rolling waves of white,
with stark simplicity reveal
the rolling waves of life.
Roll with the punches,
rise above the anger, hurt, anguish...
beyond the clouds, beyond the doubts.

We are daughters, leaders, friends...
We are powerful, rebellious, witty...
We are the seven sisters.
Take our hand,
walk with us
Revel in the company
of the powers of the feminine soul,
the white cliffs & the sea air.

The pretty Beachy Head Lighthouse

The Seven Sisters Cliff walk is stated as one of the finest coastal walks in England, affording stunning views of the white cliffs and Beachy Head, and also promising a swim in the sea at Birling Gap. So, when Gather Woman proposed a day out to the white chalk cliffs, I jumped in.

These 280 hectares of chalk cliffs form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England.

The stunning views and the stimulating company of the Gather Woman crew, inspired me to pen the above poem. In Greek mythology, the original Seven Sisters are the Pleiades, a group of seven stars, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. I don't know much about Greek mythology, but it was easy to draw from the power of the beautiful women I was with on this trip and the magnanimity of the white cliffs. The poem celebrates nature and womankind, and the importance of women empowering each other and waking together through life.

Leaving you with few more stunning pictures taken on the day!

Belle Tout Lighthouse in the distance

Eastbourne pier

It was a hot hot summer day and we altered the route to a shorter one! Mind you, the hike was still a bit strenuous as there are a series of steep ascents and descents as you walk from Beachy Head to the Birling Gap (and back).

Unfortunately, the beach at Birling Gap was closed so we headed to the Eastbourne pier for a quick dip before heading back to London.

I can't wait to go back again, probably this time do the longer route from Seaford to Eastbourne, or we could plan a romantic weekend stay in the Belle Tout Lighthouse! Now, wouldn't that be grand?

Have you visited the Seven Sisters? If you have a free weekend in London, I'd certainly recommend this hike. It is a short train ride from the city and the white cliffs and the sea air do wonders for your soul!


  1. That poem just took my breath away! And what would I say about the stunning pictures then? :)
    Loved reading about your hike, Aditi!
    - Shalini

  2. Wow! That’s such a beautiful poem Aditi. I loved reading this post. The photos are stunning, it looks like such a pretty coastal walk on such a gorgeous day too. Thank you for sharing, I’d love to go visit there sometime <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thanks, Bexa! You should. I loved the hike and plan to go again to do the longer route!

  3. Loved those pictures and then the poem made it even more beautiful. Loved the clear skies and that gorgeous light house. I would love to take that hike up some day and like you said - go twice on either routes. :)

    1. The weather was amazing that day! And the sky, so blue, so dramatic! Plan a trip here soon, you could do a day trip to the seven sisters! :)

  4. What a beautiful poem and beautiful photos! I'd love to visit here it looks so gorgeous and peaceful! It looks like you got super luck with the weather too!

    Soph - x

  5. Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure! Your photos are amazing. 😀

  6. Oh that poem is amazing, so evocative. And your photos are stunning. There's nothing like being by the sea, is there? Such a wonderful post, I have serious envy and wanderlust now! xx

    Lisa |

  7. That's such a beautiful poem and these photos are absolutely breathtaking! I live by the sea and always take it for granted x


  8. Such a beautiful poem and I love the photos. The cliffs look amazing!

  9. Such a beautiful piece of poetry and stunning photos!

  10. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a lovely place, it's a part of the country I've never been to. I'm sure the sunny weather helps :D

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