sea scape dream scape

14 Jan

some times

on land, reality is fine edged and crisp,

but on an impulse to go on out to the beach

on a warm winter day,

I enter a mystery

of mist rising up from the sea

hovering over the land

reaching down from the sky

making the smallest

difference in color and shade

between land, air, sand, sea, and sky indistinguishable.

I have dreamed of this place.

Now I think I am walking

alone in the day on wet sand,

the sea as far out as it can go,

I will dream of this place again

at night.

I may be dreaming now.

Is sinew the only difference between

our walking waking and our haunted dreaming?

I am in a place of longing and regret-

a wide beach, those.

Boats clang and moan behind the curtain of mist

so close I could touch them;

a dog bounds up to me out of the cloud and pounces me

its lover,

I remember joy, pup; you know that me!

This life, so short, so lush,

so impersonal as to remind me

that my recurring hurtful thought of late

can be wound again and again

playing a song I don’t want to hear

until the fog, the sand, the fin skimming the line

between water and sand,

the light skimming the line

between dusk and night,

my mind skimming the line

between awake and dream

between alive and dead

between a life of thought

and a life of senses,

wakes me to know which to choose

even when I don’t know how.

 

3 Responses to “sea scape dream scape”

  1. johncoyote January 14, 2020 at 11:25 pm #

    A wonderful poem shared. Thank you.

    • marga t. January 15, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

      So lovely to meet you on shore!

  2. Miguel Clark Mallet February 2, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

    I wonder whether we would live clearer lives if we didn’t try to extend our vision so far. We seem to believe that we can reach what we see, however far, and even that we should. And we churn up and burn down so much ground trying to get there.

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