The sea meeting

What are these stones at the shore to meet me? They are the cobbles —
Clast of rock, the high-water mark, gravel for a drowning pool.
In a aging veil that molds to my face, they are leading me to the sea;
Graying finger-joints flinch slowly in the blackened waves; why am I cold?

I am nude in my reasoning — the gulls are nodding, their tinfoil eyes winking;
Wading into the milkweed seaweed with tendrils grasping,
I cannot run, I am rooted in its spiky armor;
Breastplates of waves knot under my arms.

This barren body, untied from its disguise, exhausted from someone I knew;
The long white box is adrift in a sea of flowers,
A rector its agent with buttoned-down cuffs, a hymn, a prayer —
Is it the orchids that smell so sick?

Dream of a duel that will inevitably win — yet in my cells the new virgins,
Magicians in a blackout of bones. My smile and voice
Are changing, no longer a curtain of wax dividing them from a personage;
Life no longer running to the end of everything.

Copyright © 07/29/17 lance sheridan®

NP

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6 comments on “The sea meeting

  1. Barbara says:

    Lance what an amazing writing of poetry that clings in the mind of this reader, images as brilliant as ever spoken, imaginations winding through each verse – truly great Lance!!

  2. Polly says:

    I’ve just come from the funeral of a family friend. It meant a journey back home and as well as the sadness of an amazing life coming to an end, I was struck by the impact of time on familiar faces of my youth and childhood. Time spools away so fast and seems. To accelerate towards the end of the thread. This is an exceptional poem, and I’d like to share.

    • Polly, so very sorry for the loss of a loved one. You have my deepest sympathy. And, you have my most sincere thanks for your kind words. Please do- so greatly appreciated!

      • Polly says:

        I Tweeted this one and the superb ‘In a slogging rain’ which blew me away. Keep up the excellent work, really enjoying.

  3. Polly, you’re so kind- thank you!

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