Speaking of the Sea

Speaking of the Sea

Seasons have passed me by, and time moves on.
My wandering thoughts turn towards the sea,
sitting in delicate balance upon

the waves, like footprints on a sodden beach.
Fewer waves ahead, yet less time to rest,
so much left unsaid, this my final speech.

Mine is a ballad that’s best left unsung.
But if, by chance, my name crosses your lips,
may it be waves of praise that grace your tongue.

The challenge in Poetics: Three from the Welsh speaking sea, from Laura at dVerse Poets Pub is to write a poem using three of five end-rhyme word sets from Raymond Garlick’s Welsh-Speaking Sea. So, three (or more) rhyming tercets, with no meter required, but with the added challenge of using pentameter. No real meter here, but still 10-syllable lines. The word sets (with the option to reverse each word order):

speech / rest / beach
on / sea / upon
word / breath / bird
way / sound / bay
sung / lips / tongue

Image source: noaa.gov

seashell found on shore ~ tanka

Sea shells on the ground
White sand is so beautiful
I look at the sea
It is so very endless
And blue, sparkly, and gorgeous
               (unknown)

seashell found on shore
beauty of color and sound
listening to waves
precious shell now in my home
sea sounds go on forever

The prompt for Tanka Splendor – Sea Shells is to write a tanka
inspired by one written by an unknown author (in blue).

Image source: unsplash.com / Gregory Culmer

Adrift

Sail Away

 

No guiding star
Will aid us on this windless sea
No guiding star
With gems so cursed and home so far
We thought our life would be carefree
No thought to what our fate would be
No guiding star

This is my second response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #37: Red boat, write a rondolet inspired by Odilon Redon’s La Voile jaune (The Yellow Sail).
As seen at Odilon Redon – The Complete Works, a boat (or barque) appears frequently in his paintings.
Rondolet ~ 7 lines with 2 rhymes – AbAabbA
~ the refrain has 4 syllables.
~ the other lines have 8 syllables
Image source: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Sail Away

Sail Away

 

To sail away
Let’s set a course across the sea
To sail away
We’ll board our barque at break of day
And journey then most leisurely
Together, as we’re meant to be
To sail away

Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #37: Red boat is to write a rondolet inspired by Odilon Redon’s La Voile jaune (The Yellow Sail), using the word journey.
As seen at Odilon Redon – The Complete Works, a boat (or barque) appears frequently in his paintings.
Rondolet ~ 7 lines with 2 rhymes – AbAabbA
                 ~ the refrain has 4 syllables.
                 ~ the other lines have 8 syllables
Image source: Indianapolis Museum of Art