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The Waves Return

by Ellenna 

Posted: 19 January 2004
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The Waves Return

Down amongst the bladderwrack
popping like bubble wrap
bubbles like sequins
on the sun drenched sand
the tide is retreating
exposing bleached ribs
of dead ships from past trips
lying indecent till the waves return

Catís cradle ropes weave green over blue
reef knot rings on the harbour wall
brief respite while the waders prise the limpets
from the rust encrusted fishing boat hull
stranded, beached, lying askew
and gulls on the foreshore scan the horizon
patiently waiting for the waves' return

Cracked and weathered tarpaulin rocks
stoically embrace the foaming spumes
backwash mist rises from the surf
spectral light shines rainbow hues
taut ropes echo the pull of the moon
waking the boats from overturned torpor
proud bows buoyant on the waves' return

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roovacrag at 13:47 on 19 January 2004  Report this post
I enjoyed this as it is different. liked the first line.
Down amongst the bladder wrack. Well done. xx Alice

Nell at 14:45 on 19 January 2004  Report this post
Ellie, lovely, wish I was there...

Fearless at 17:25 on 19 January 2004  Report this post
Impressive Ellie. I felt the cold breeze against my cheek, could hear the gulls, taste the salt water...and marvel at the rainbow. Thanks for transporting me for that one moment.


poemsgalore at 18:26 on 19 January 2004  Report this post
I loved the first verse, particularly the first two lines. Well actually, I loved all of it Ellenna. Like Fearless, I could taste the salt and feel the breeze.

bluesky3d at 19:11 on 19 January 2004  Report this post
Ellie, you have magically recreated your experience so that others can enjoy the same feelings - one can ask no more of a poem... wonderful.

Andrew :o)

dr_mandrill at 02:49 on 20 January 2004  Report this post
This made me want to be at the coast, and I hate the seaside!

Well done, very evocative, great to see some of my favourite words- limpet, askew, spume, torpor- all in the same poem.


Ellenna at 14:32 on 20 January 2004  Report this post
Alice,Nell,Fearless, Kathleen,Andrew and DM.. thank you for reading and enjoying this poem.. yes it's the Cornwall coast and when I wrote this it had been an unusually wonderful sunny springlike day... glad you liked the words dm..and thank you all for commenting :)


buccaneer at 15:45 on 12 February 2004  Report this post
You must love the sea, your description is spot on. Very good.
PS, It was Salcombe.

engldolph at 11:01 on 27 March 2004  Report this post
Hi Ellie,

Oh I am sooo looking forward to going back to Dorset coast this summer.thanks for reminding me...

I liked this a lot ... vidid imagery.. for some reason the first verse was different in feeling to the rest, and in some ways the verse I really loved..

best wishes

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