Sea Creature

I find her shoes
on the dunes —
discarded frivolities fusing
with the landscape —

then follow her footsteps
to the water
where the gulls dance
around her head —

screeching and snapping
at the bread she throws —
while gravity makes plans
in the seabird’s shadows.

She sends the remaining crumbs
into the waves
like an offering, as if she can sense
the sea’s need for sacrifice.

She has always been a creature
of the shore,
the taste of salt
in her words

and a thread of ocean breezes
in her breath.

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for the Sunday Whirl wordle

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Sea Creature

  1. so vivid… beautiful work..

  2. “She has always been a creature
    of the shore,
    the taste of salt
    in her words

    and a thread of ocean breezes
    in her breath.”

    Oh, my. Breathtaking words, my friend. Just beautiful.

  3. Some lovely word play in this fantasy-creature.

  4. This is a wonderful piece, Mark. This is brilliant “…as if she can sense the sea’s need for sacrifice.”

  5. A little mermaid is what I would call her!! Excellent imagery!!

  6. a lovely poem honoring a sea creature…you bring out a loving quality in her nature for all to read.

  7. Great set of images…

  8. Mark, a very scenic poem. Excellent word play as Viv said.

    Pamela

  9. You allowed me to sit on that beach watching her. Thank you.

  10. Cathy

    Simple a beautiful poem. Like how she threw the crumbs in the ocean, must be the Reformed Druid in me.

  11. You have set the scene so very well that I can almost smell the sea air!

  12. you have spun your words so elegantly

    much love…

  13. Your first verse is wonderful – really drew me in, esp. “discarded frivolities ”
    and the ending…perfection. Love this

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