Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Of Rocks and Oceans

Even the upper end of the river
believes in the ocean.”
—William Stafford




It's peaceful on this rock—
a place to scan the throbbing ocean.
To my left a granite sea serpent hovers
high above barnacle clad mermaids.


My father once checked under my bed
for the The Feathered Ogre
—let loose from a color print.
Please, I said, look in the closet, too.


Look at the agility of the young,
careless, leaping, unaware
of rock gaps, of cliff heights.
Memory and time trim pure wildness.


Today a breeze limits the hot sun.
I once hiked beneath a torrid sun—
our thermometer reached 110 degrees
in the shade.


One summer I stood where Georgia O'Keefe stood
and looked at her colors
draped on a blue backdrop.
I, too, love that fiery landscape and bone-dry desert.
That 110-degree day—
I quit hiking before reaching Delicate Arch.


Seated on this rock, the horizon line blurs—
yet still only a hand's distance away.
I dream of sailing on that edge.

On this hard surface of the past
I am replenished.


Linda Watskin ©2010

9 comments:

  1. >>> this closing line...

    On this hard surface of the past
    I am replenished.

    >>> wowza.

    Your images were phenomenal. I felt myself leaping into each one.

    Read My WWP #9 Poem here.

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  2. Very nice work. I could almost hear the waves! I found it interesting that Georgia O'Keefe was in your poem too!

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  3. Linda, your poem works well with the prompt and gives me a feeling of peacefulness.

    http://troublebeingstrong.blogspot.com/2010/07/premonition.html

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  4. Beautiful images Linda
    I feel as if I was transported!
    Pamela

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  5. It's the experience of extremes that gives us that confidence to explore the unknown fearlessly.

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  6. Inspirational rock you had! You created beautiful images.

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  7. Love this! It's beautiful, great images.

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  8. journey from the ocean to desert and back in a few short lines
    nicely done.

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  9. Linda, Stunning piece. At 48 years old, I get closer to my own twilight. This piece evokes so much for me about life's passage, and it is beautiful. Thank you.

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