GloPoWriMo #6 Sovereign Sea

Vero Beach, Florida

It is free to cherish the sea.

The mirror of love between

waves and sky,

between you and me.

Our egos distracted

by the shushing rumors,

blush of sunburnt skin,

tan of driftwood

all surviving salt and sun,

the sharper image.

Our souls are indomitable salvage

in the ocean’s endless lineage.

Crests slap thighs,

discretely fondle each evening’s rise.

Oh tide,

we yearn for the richest intimacies

of your highness’ surprise,

to guard the washed up secrets we so prize.

Innumerable cycles of rollers

combat the shore,

without pity or remorse.

Sovereign sea,

carry the carnage of each day away

into the eternal light of

blue implacability.

©2023 | K. Hartless

GloPoWriMo #6 Take a look around Poetry International for a poem in a language you don’t know. Now, read the poem to yourself, thinking about the sound and shape of the words, and the degree to which they remind you of words in your own language. Use those correspondences as the basis for a new poem.

Here is the inspiration for today’s poem:

L’Homme et la mer

Homme libre, toujours tu chériras la mer!
La mer est ton miroir; tu contemples ton âme
Dans le déroulement infini de sa lame,
Et ton esprit n’est pas un gouffre moins amer.

Tu te plais à plonger au sein de ton image;
Tu l’embrasses des yeux et des bras, et ton coeur
Se distrait quelquefois de sa propre rumeur
Au bruit de cette plainte indomptable et sauvage.

Vous êtes tous les deux ténébreux et discrets:
Homme, nul n’a sondé le fond de tes abîmes;
Ô mer, nul ne connaît tes richesses intimes,
Tant vous êtes jaloux de garder vos secrets!

Et cependant voilà des siècles innombrables
Que vous vous combattez sans pitié ni remords,
Tellement vous aimez le carnage et la mort,
Ô lutteurs éternels, ô frères implacables!

— Charles Baudelaire


  1. Wonderful vivid descriptions, K! 🙂 Especially
    ‘Innumerable cycles of rollers
    combat the shore,
    without pity or remorse.’
    Really enjoyed this! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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