Through the surf darkly

I went to the coast today, this is what I saw

and this is what I was inspired to write.

They stand tense in the knowledge

that feet giving way

would trap twist betray

one distracting sound that might pierce

the rage of ocean on rock

to knock them like dominoes.

each yearn to go further

to be the brave stepper

cheering risk taking surfers

while surreptitiously wondering

would the sea turn red

if instead of a wave

a skull breaks on the strand



14 thoughts on “Through the surf darkly

  1. I love the way the scene ignites your empathetic imagination. You’ve really captured one possible way of viewing the sea, and probably the wisest. A lot of great lines and a rhythm that says so much too. The photo is superb, and b&w is both perfect and necessary!

    1. At the risk of being thought a complete Philistine, to be honest I’m no film buff. So while I’m sure I have seen Bergman films i have no recollection (I’ll hide now ok?)

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