That Passionate Ocean

Stare into the storm, cast out
your mind. Slip through the net
and see further than waves.
The green prophesy wakes
drowned sailors to come
and keep your company.
A bitter herb cuts across life
making days last the year
and death washes over you.
Given by old time so that
he can keep you inside
his repeating gaze. Sight.
Learn to see beyond eyes,
horizons tick around the face.
Look for them and see patterns
reveal. Flights of birds pass
overhead, fishing with long beaks –
a splash, of bright blue lights.
They circle your home in the sea
an ever-moving crown on a king.
Water walks over but you cannot
reach the shore. Trapped by tides
and time. A sacrifice. Watch the birds
dance. And wait for halcyon days.

This poem is another of my mythology series and was influenced by the Greek myth of Alcyone and Ceyx. (There is a good summary of the myth here which explains the kingfisher/halcyon bird link as well as the ties to Morpheus and the Oracle.)

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “That Passionate Ocean

  1. I really love the imagery that you have used in this poem: ‘The green prophesy wakes
    drowned sailors to come and keep your company.’ for one. Ever noticed how so many Greek myths seem to have a sting in their tails? Perhaps this is why they produced so many philosophers?

  2. this is quite a beautiful poem, i especially loved this passage;

    ‘They circle your home in the sea
    an ever-moving crown on a king.
    Water walks over but you cannot
    reach the shore’

    the imagery throughout is just sublime.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s