Monday, July 03, 2006

VIII - Who are you, Sea Child?



Who are you, Sea Child?

One day when walking along the water
I chanced upon King Neptune's daughter;
Whether I found her or she found me
Matter not; she spellbound me
And hand in hand we whirled around
In a mad, mad dance without a sound -

Just the lapping of the sea,
Laughing at us and laughing at me.

O, how we danced on that sandy shore!
We span and we whirled, then back for more.
Up and down the edge of the water
Puffing and panting as the day grew shorter.
Until, at last, she stopped and said:
"Thanks". That's all; and turned and fled
Back to the sea from which she had come
And left me standing: quiet, and numb.

Just the lapping of the sea,
Laughing at us. And laughing at me.

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© J Cosmo Newbery
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13 comments:

  1. Why Cosmo! Do you think all poets are faithless, throwing roses at whatever passes near? oh Cosmo, then suffer for your art.

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  2. Most assuredly I do, sweet Lillie, most assuredly I do.

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  3. Did you get her address? Which beach? At least tell me which beach!

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  5. Otter: Any beach will do.

    Nea: Thank you.

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  7. I'd say from the picture that the water is cool. I do love the shape of women in water; the effects of buoyancy counter those of gravity most delightfully.

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  9. oh.....how....my gosh...I am like...spell bound....beautiful....I needed rest...and this breath of words.....they just gave me that...This is so beautiful...so beautiful...so beautiful...

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  10. Lovely! Glad I came over for a visit!

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  11. Thanks for visiting my site. I have looked high and low for a good pic of a mermaid, how'd you find this?!!

    Great poem, that's so true about the sea, and objects of desire.

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  12. I am visiting your poems for the first time and must say how much this English teacher truly enjoyed reading your poems this afternoon. Cheers!

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  13. Josephine: the image came from here.

    All: Thank you.

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