Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Day 362: Sea Poem

The ocean. What grand contemplation it excites in us.

Sea Poem - Alice Oswald

what is water in the eyes of water
loose inquisitive fragile anxious
a wave, a winged form
splitting up into sharp glances

what is the sound of water
after the rain stops you can hear the sea
washing rid of the world's increasing complexity,
making it perfect again out of perfect sand

oscillation endlessly shaken
into an entirely new structure
what is the depth of water
from which time has been rooted out

the depth is the strength of water
it can break glass or sink steel
treading drowners inwards down
what does it taste of

water deep in it sown world
steep shafts warm streams
coal salt cod weed
dispersed outflows and flytipping

and the sun and its reflexion
throwing two shadows
what is the beauty of water
sky is its beauty


  1. Love, love, love the sea.

    Love, love, love Alice Oswald.

    1. Yes I love Alice Oswald, her poetry is so whimsically lyrical!


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