Wednesday, 24 October 2012

la playa



bodies making sand connections
gritty grains grip sunscreened limbs
fresh seawater, skin transluscent
flickering pages gather wind,
facing south,
losing doubt,
tides roll in from Africa.

oriental genies pop up,
hands grant stubborn sinews calm,
shape-shift salesmen trudge to silence
conjure watches down one arm,
on the shore,
breakers roar,
tides roll in from Africa.

rows of blue sombreroed sunbeds
palm trees dance as horses crash
shell collections clear the sea out
tiny feet now make a splash,
all the while
Marbellan style,
tides roll in from Africa.














posted on poetry jam and poets united

22 comments:

  1. i used to live in florida...about 30 minutes off the beach...used to love going all the time and being so close...the ocean gives me my rhythm...i like to return there at least once a year to appreciate all that the beach is...smiles...nice capture...

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  2. I can picture the scene from your words. There is nothing like spending time at the beach. I love the repetition of "tides roll in from Africa."

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  3. there's a nice rhythm to this, and the repetition is wonderful!

    thank you for participating at Poetry Jam!


    dani

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  4. Tides rolling in from Africa ... you made it sound like a wonderful song ... loved the flow to it :-)

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  5. loved the images here....very flowing and lovely...

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  6. Green Speck is correct ... your poem set to music would be a stellar thing!!!!

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  7. Thanks Helen-the last part of each verse actually did come to me rhythmically as I was walking along the beach on holiday in Marbella last week-the rhythm of the tide kind of inspired the words.

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  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the beach. Lovely poem with vivid images of the ocean. The repetition "tides roll in ..." works well here like an anaphora poem style. Have a nice weekend :)

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    1. I'll have to look into that style-hadn't heard of it. Thanks!!

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  9. I love when the cadence of words pull me inside the world of the author...like for a moment we share a scene. This brought the ocean into my office. :)

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    1. Thanks Chantel-I guess that's what we all yearn to do with our words. Glad you visited :)

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  10. you've given us so many visuals in this piece... very effective, the last line in each stanza

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and your kind comments :)

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  11. I LOVE he repeated line "Tides roll in from Africa".........beautiful poem, great visuals, and a rolling lilt to it, like the sea itself.

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  12. Great descriptions in this, so very vivid! Love the rhythmic flow of your words, really evokes the images of those rolling tides. Nicely done!

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  13. dig the imagery - you keep it fresh ND

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