Sunday, March 10, 2013

Atlantic Waves


(Thanks to R.A.D. Stainforth ... with a small contribution from Amy the cat ...)


In the space between the crash
and pull of this wave,
I give you a landlocked heart,
chest deep, tumbled
incandescent as sea glass.

Turn it over,
examine it
in the palm of your hand.
See how important it is,
how far it traveled.

Press it
to your lips,
feel the soft-spoken stone
whisper bottle green
in your listening mouth.

Let it dissolve whole,
release the saved-up thirst,
the delicate, jellied passion.
All you hear is the sea.
Nothing else matters.


tk/ March 2013


Meal Beach, Burra Isles, Shetland by Robin Gosnall 

53 comments:

  1. A beautiful piece. I enjoyed reading it

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  2. One of my favourites. Wonderful!

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  3. I love this one ...my favourite Atlantic beach is by my sister's cottage in Donegal where the elements blow free and the days are often soft....very tender words here. Thankyou Willow!

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  4. When all you hear is the sea, it`s true - nothing else matters.

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  5. I'm a sea person. Only temporarily banished; but I shall return.

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  6. "A landlocked heart"... I can feel that inside of myself!

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  7. Those last two lines....lovely getting there!

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  8. So lyrical and lovely, Tess. Wonderful images.

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  9. Moments when nothing else matters are magical. Great words.

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  10. love, love, love the whisper of bottle green....sigh.xx

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  11. Lovely poem to go with a beautiful picture..

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  12. Landlocked heart- interesting, thanks!

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  13. The sea transforms ordinary green glass into something special.

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  14. Let it dissolve whole,
    release the saved-up thirst,
    the delicate, jellied passion

    Sensuously beautiful word craft Tess! It makes for young hearts to be peacefully together. Thanks for the regular hosting, Ma'am!

    Hank

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  15. Beautiful reminds me of collecting sea glass with my husband on Vancouver Island...bkm

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  16. Mmm, this is lovely:

    feel the soft-spoken stone
    whisper bottle green
    in your listening mouth

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  17. The sea , the sea !, she has thrown this one up from the depths , thanks

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  18. It is all that matters...well said!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  19. really enjoyed this :-) love sea glass and its beauty from being tumbled and softened by waves - great way to use it in your poem

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  20. Fantastic piece. Isn't it amazing how, I think, the first sense that this picture tingles is the sense of sound? It's like the pic has an audible nature to it! You captured that beautifully here. Fantastic as always.

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  21. Every bit as lovely as the prompt, which is saying a lot.

    =)

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  22. Exceptional..beauty and such longing..the poem fulfills itself!

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  23. At first I thought what can I say that I haven't already said in my post for Sepia Saturday this week? We had the sea as our photo prompt there as well, but then I knew deep inside my love for the sea and water will carry me on! Your photo choice is perfect Tess, thank you.

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  24. Love, the beach and jellied hearts :)
    What more is there?

    I adore this

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  25. Wow, likening the sound of the heart to the sea is simply unexpectedly great, Tess.

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  26. Tess.....such beauty - both your words and the evocative reading from Monsieur Stainworth.....not forgetting the timely and apropos *comments* from Amy!

    I had a long, tiring day - the fog has come in...and reading/listening to this brought warmth right back to me! Thanks to all THREE!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  27. Glistens with beauty. Definitely worthy of a 'read by' and a several times reading by these eyes.

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  28. Loved this - and I miss the sea...

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  29. Delicious, delicious, delicious.

    Anna :o]

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  30. I looked forward to see where this picture would take your words! I love your first stanza! A beautiful poem of giving your heart to another.

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  31. I loved this - "Let it dissolve whole,release the saved-up thirst,the delicate, jellied passion. All you hear is the sea.Nothing else matters." ... you are an artist with words ...

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  32. I'm swept away with the beauty of this poem! I hope you experienced even a slice of this poem for yourself. Sigh.

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  33. I love how you engage all the senses in this poem. A joy to read!!

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  34. A heart that has travelled far deserves to be savoured at last. Wonderfully descriptive .

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  35. Now this is the poem I wish I had written in response to the beautiful photo. Your poem is, for me, the perfect expression of all the emotions that could be lovingly teased from the image. It is one of my favorites of yours, Tess.

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  36. Ah! I just played the video and R.A.D.'s reading is one of his best, and his loving glance over to kitty was really special. ^.^

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    1. My favorite reading of R.A.D.'s so far...

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  37. Oh hell Tess - this is magnificent. I am a water sign - the beach pic stunning, your words are equally.

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  38. I love your beautiful blog good job Thanks lot for this useful article

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  39. beautiful and really evocative

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  40. pardon me whilst I towel off.

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  41. "In the space between the crash
    and pull of this wave"

    The perfect beginning, and the rest follows naturally. Lovely!

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  42. Thank you, dear readers, for your kind and generous comments...they mean so very much to me...you're the best...

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  43. I had to read this one aloud. Lovely...

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