Birth of a Man of the Sea

Glowing golden flickers
of celestial fire
blaze along the horizon line
and define the separation
of sea and sky.

A lone man revels
in nature’s phenomenon
as long shadows cast
by wind-filled sails
shade cadenced swells
that corrugate the surface
of a near-tranquil ocean
and a white-hot sun
begins its ascent
and burns through
the rising early morning haze.

The man views the naissance
of a fresh salt-air day
as slate-gray clouds part
to allow narrow glimpses
of a pink-and-gold
striated heavenly sphere
no longer cursed
with the ominous black shroud
of previous night skies.

The man bathes
in the tranquil
rhythm of peace
watching waves break
as rhythmic rollers
rather than
as merciless manifestations
of the anger of the gods.

Suddenly the sea is ablaze
a living ocean of molten silver
floating on waters thick
with glowing, iridescent gems
of many colors.
It is plankton
not the supernatural
that break apart
and scatter
when the ship cuts through
the splendid light show.

As morning moves to noon
the glorious azure blue
of sky and water
blur the once-clear horizon line
to create a world
both encapsulated
and without end.
The metaphor of opposing illusions
weighs heavy on the man of the sea
as he contemplates
shattered sea sparkles
and past, present and future lives.

(Written for dVerse Poetics: Ecopoetry. January 26, 2016.)

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21 Responses to Birth of a Man of the Sea

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    I am particularly enamored of your use of “corrugate” here. This is a lovely spill of words.

  2. I think if you are fortunate like this, to be in the presence of the sea like this, a friend to save it is… great images of the sea and light..

  3. Your fifth stanza is superb. I especially like: a living ocean of molten silver.

  4. ShirleyB says:

    Beautiful imagery. I especially liked

    ‘as rhythmic rollers
    rather than
    as merciless manifestations’

    Excellent.

  5. Bodhirose says:

    Your fifth verse was my favorite too, but I also liked that the man saw the waves as rhythmic rollers instead of manifestations of anger from the gods. I liked reading of your man with the contemplative and observant nature.

  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    As morning moves to noon
    the glorious azure blue
    of sky and water
    blur the once-clear horizon line
    to create a world
    both encapsulated
    and without end.

    Gorgeous imagery here 😀

  7. Vb, I’d never seen the word ” naissance”, which is unusual for me, so thanks for that. My senses reveled in your poem and it was vivid in my mind.

    janet

    • vbholmes says:

      Thanks, Janet, I always appreciate a compliment from you. As I’m sure you’ve discovered, naissance is a French word for birth ,as well as an acceptable one in English. I’ve studied French off and on over the years, however, mastery of the language is my major bucket-list failure–my excuse is that I don’t have the ear and I go with that.

  8. Grace says:

    This is a beautiful unfolding of nature as it moves from dawn to noon and seeing the beauty of the sea ~

    You inspired awe and admiration for nature’s gifts ~ Just a perfect response 🙂

  9. vbholmes says:

    High praise from you, Grace, and much appreciated. Thanks for introducing us to eco poetry–this was an interesting, and challenging prompt.

  10. Sailor seas..
    shores come and
    go.. Ocean WinGs
    grow.. horizon hiGh
    flows.. alWays glows
    reaching beginning
    no end.. so long
    horizon
    seen
    sailing
    now so free..:)

  11. Sumana Roy says:

    ” that corrugate the surface / of a near-tranquil ocean”…what a wonderful sketch…it’s a great feeling to be immersed in the beauty of Nature…

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