Saturday, March 24, 2012

To the sea





take me to the sea,  
lay me down the sands


warmed by salt marsh snails and mottled weeds,
hollowed by the restless crabs and lonely footprints    


bring me far where the white gulls fly,
bonded to craggy rocks and cliff edge


then  


wash me in plumage grey,
wash me in sun webbed rays,    


my wingtips quiver for the sky   


  
Posted for D'verse Poets Pub:   Poetics: Patterns, Pictures and Poems - My writing is still influenced by Manoel de Barros's poetry


Everything from this place has a pact
            with birds.
Here if the horizon reddens a little,
            the beetles think it’s a fire.
Where the river starts a fish,
                        river me a thing
River me a frog
River me a tree.
 



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37 comments:

  1. sigh...beautifully evocative....i love the craggy rocks by the ocean...and the sand and the rhythm of the surf....and the taste of the air...i just want to take it all in...and i will raise my wings as well..smiles.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely words Brian ~

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  2. Grace, this is just beautiful. I feel such a sense of peace as I read your poem...

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Mary ~

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  3. Oh anything to do with or, by water, and I'm 'there'... haha
    Lovely writing Grace :)

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  4. Especially enjoyed the "voice" in this, Grace. So glad you shared it.

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  5. going to the beach does wash a lot of the bad things away...

    suffocated reflction

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  6. A lovely poem. I love the sea. "wash me in sun webbed rays," that would be very nice indeed.

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  7. Love this...love the ocean :)

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  8. really nice- and the personification through the eyes of a gull was very well done. Just made me think of sea spray and sea gulls cawing!

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  9. This is beautiful. It's always wonderful when we can read another poet that influences us in such a good way. Just finished reading a book called "Steal Like An Artist" that talks about taking things you like from other artists and using them in your own way. Check it out.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out.

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  10. Peace behind your words if only those birds didn't drop you know everywhere, would be quite the affair..haha

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  11. You paint your picture well, heaven--I can see where you have worked some of the influence of the quoted poem into your own, in the cadence and the way the verbs tumble. I like the second couplet, especially--a grim but extremely accurate analogy, which the poem goes on to transcend.

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  12. This immersed me in the ocean of your words, great writing!

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  13. Hi,

    I really enjoyed this writing..your imagery was on the mark as I could visualize the poem. Nice writing.

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  14. So beautiful... makes me long for the beach. We live close to it but have yet to venture ver there this year... soon, though!

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  15. I'm with Laurie. Made me long for the beach, wing tips a-quiver.

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  16. The dream and the poem... They are so alike... Take me to the sea... Wonderful!!!

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  17. The poem reflected the image visually as well as in its content. Clever that.

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  18. ah the sea is magical...isn't it...love... the restless crabs and lonely footprints ... love to walk the beach...and yeah...spread wings...

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  19. A powerfully evocative and compelling poem. It illuminates the image with perfect resonance. Brilliant job!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures James ~

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  20. This has that lovely fluidity and passing in and out of the realms of the senses that make life filled with joy. Your words have that sense of oneness with nature and its union with a higher self, loving and caring for all things. The following lines seem to embed the experience in itself:

    bring me far where the white gulls fly,
    bonded to craggy rocks and cliff edge

    Appeal to lover, but also perhaps an appeal to life itself.

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  21. Beautifully evocative! Loved it and the poem that inspired you. Wonderful writing :)

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  22. Beautiful. Imagery extraordinaire, you used. The ending is delicate yet strong. I love that.

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  23. Wonderful! Great piece of writing, full of feeling. For me it captures the feeling of clearing and freedom going to the sea brings very well.

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  24. Wonderful imagery. I live at the beach and you have painted it as it is. Yours is a peaceful scene. But some days are rocky, high tides, crashing, roaring and spilling up on beach and dunes. Yes, yours is the ocean we love, the unforgettable sounds of birds and surf.

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  25. I will think of this when I am next walking the beach at the Oregon coast (which, after this post, makes me think it had better be within the next month!):
    hollowed by the restless crabs and lonely footprints

    Absolutely beautiful, Grace. Frankly, I thought it superior to de Barros's (and I must admit to never having heard of that poet so thank you for the link).

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  26. Your words weave the most beautiful story...

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  27. So beautiful and it rhymes so wonderfully too.

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  28. absolutely nice and love the picture!

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  29. you have written it so beautifully Ms.Grace..it is so refreshing..a nice read to start my day ;)

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  30. Your poem about the sea is so refreshing. I could almost visualize myself on the seashore, and taking in all the beauties of it.

    Well done!

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  31. Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful I can hardly stand it. I actually held my breath when reading. I especially admire "my wingtips quiver for the sky". WOW! Fantastic writing.

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