I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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28 March 2016

Weather Report

Closed –
my favourite track to the beach.
I lift the string, step beneath it,
take the risk.

Hard to believe … a cliff
where the ramp used to be.
Hurled logs and whole trees
lie splayed like bodies.

Far out, voluminous grey waves
in rich turmoil boil to white,
attack a shore
that can't escape.

Victory. The water surges
higher than it's ever been,
to the abrupt end of the track,
excitedly bashing the debris.

I've walked this beach in calm winter
gathering unlimited shells;
in spring and summer
skipped and played like a child.

Now: deep, cold fury
roars and hisses as I retreat. 
Tonight I won't challenge 
this menacing sea.


Linked to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #295

19 comments:

  1. The sea has many moods. I love that about her.

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  2. This is a poem that allows the reader to inhabit the scene. I felt I was beside you, marvelling at the power of the sea.

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  3. It is good to lift the barriers sometimes - make decisions about our own safety and decide when to play - soon enough the beach will become a 'playground' again..

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  4. Far out, voluminous grey waves
    in rich turmoil boil to white

    Love the powerful depiction of the sea.
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  5. You are wise not to challenge a menacing sea. There will be other days! Smiles. You gave us a vivid word picture, and I can't help but think that as you are going toward winter (perhaps accounting for some of the fury?) we are in the midst of a glorious spring!

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  6. This happens all the time on the California coast. What a great description of it!

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  7. This is such a vivid description: "voluminous grey waves
    in rich turmoil boil to white,
    attack a shore
    that can't escape"---so perfectly depicted!!

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  8. Oh the angry sea is not something to be trifled with...love your description!

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  9. An angry sea and a devastated but loved space. Your details tell and show us,

    Elizabeth

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  10. No definitely don't challenge an angry sea. When it is a bit tetchy I tend to sit down and listen to its grumbles and eventually it calms down a little! We've been friends for ages!

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  11. attack a shore that can't escape.. loved that image!

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  12. You captured this image perfectly. The ocean is fascinating, even in its anger. Lovely poem Rosemary.

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  13. An adventurous journey this was, thanks for taking me along Rosemary.

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  14. If it were another night, would you dare to challenge the menacing sea? ;)

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    1. Good question! Perhaps I need to rewrite that bit.

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  15. Like this evocative poem...but for me it was so long time ago... love vivid description ' trees lie splayed like bodies. '. Feel the aspiration and hope in the last lines to meet new challenges soon...spirit longing for more...

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    1. It was a fair while ago for me, as it happens. This is a revision of a piece first written in 2009.

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  16. Perhaps, some days are like this... when we are so powerless over the other side that we can never control. We can only control our self... to be brave & still to wait for the face of everyday... maybe, tomorrow won't be as harsh as today. :)

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  17. Good choice! And yet, you go far enough to "get" it and to share it. I love that about you.

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