For David

Aug. 10th, 2010 05:07 pm
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In Sheringham and in the morning sun
descend the car-park steps and concrete ramp
onto the shingle, steadily, with one
intent, one goal, we shed towels on the damp
tide-line and step together through the surf
into the sea.
                  The constant, changing, sea:
eternal shroud and swaddling of the earth
for petty finite creatures - you and me.
We vanish in its grip, like ash or sand
run through a grasp, like youth, tulips in May.
Renewed, refreshed, reborn onto the land,
we climb the beach, to Sea View and the fray:
the non-stop happy riot of your clan,
your legacy beyond this mortal span.

Date: 2010-08-10 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmabovary.livejournal.com
Funny, I was just reflecting this morning that you hadn't put up any of your poems in ages. I'm pleased to read your words!

Date: 2010-08-10 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nickbarnes.livejournal.com
This is for a man in his 90s with whom I have the occasional privilege of swimming in the sea.

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