The great sea

Salt waves through the air streaming,
Over the stone clams and valleys of fish,
Pouring into mouths of tidal pools,
Lucent as moonlight; nightfall floating
Silver and exact: flickering darkness descending,

Mute as black slate cleaving into the shoreline.
The drifting wreckage of sand
Swallowed by the dark throat of the sea,
Stretched into its shallow banks,
The ragged rocks, the dead minnows.

All are gone: the dry wood, the broken oar,
The tolling bell, the soundless wailing,
All tongued with the dead water and the dead sand.
There is no end of it, the rending pain,
The sea and its conscious impotence of rage.

Copyright © 12/22/2018 lance sheridan®

The great sea

47 comments on “The great sea

  1. This piece flows so beautifully. Like the tide going in and out. Your mastery of words is truly extraordinary! Wow!

  2. I love this your poem about this “sea / we / humanity” that dies. Best wishes.

  3. crazywitch25 says:

    You have such a creative mind. Can’t wait to read more!

  4. allenrizzi says:

    “Valleys of fish” = a great metaphor! Keep them coming and Merry Christmas!

  5. inhiscare753 says:

    So beautifully written, thank you 🙏

  6. beatrice841129783 says:

    Bonsoir un texte sublime fluide au vers douloureux bel écrit
    joyeuses fêtes de fin d’année
    Joyeux noël
    mes amitiés
    J’ai aussi un blogue de poésie à vous devoir

  7. RoseMarie says:

    Excellent piece, beautifully written as usual😊

  8. Beatrice, thank you! Best wishes, always!

  9. Laurie says:

    Beautiful poem! So evocative.

  10. Nameera says:

    This is a masterpiece. ❤

  11. Damn ! Finally a great poetry blog.

  12. So evocative. I especially liked the line, “The drifting wreckage of sand Swallowed by the dark throat of the sea…”

  13. “drifting wreckage of sand”– You describe it well, Lance. Nice verse.

  14. Sue Young says:

    I live by the sea and did a five mile coastline walk today, so this resonates with me. Lance, you really captured the concept of the sea as intense, powerful, beautiful and yet painful, like emotions.
    A living thing.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. mylilplace says:

    Love love love…I can see every images you describe. So beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

  16. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    beautiful poem=)

  17. I love how you brought to attention that the sea has many sides! Some light, some dark, but all beautiful.

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