Ten Ways of Looking at the Ocean

With stinging eyes and a tired mind, I attempt Day 6 of Napowrimo. Sandwiched between  work and nursing my five year old through chicken pox, I defiantly put pen to paper, adamant I will complete this challenge.

Today’s prompt; write a poem that looks at the same thing from various points of view. The most famous poem of this type is probably Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”.

My response:

Ten Ways of Looking at the Ocean

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I

Woeful secrets held

in Davy Jones’ locker,

present themselves to wretched plunderers.

 

II

Beneath the surface

a deadened eye

scans its domain.

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III

Nature’s wrath visits those

Who challenge the swell

and crash of her might

IV

The eerie calm on a windless sea

Stirs superstitious tendencies

unnerving the restless voyager

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V

Spilled on golden sands

remnants of shipwrecked lives

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VI

Moon and earth waltz

providing predictable tides

which wash clean

bloodstained hands

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VII

Driven discoverers dreaming of new lands

chase an ever-retreating horizon                       

VIII

Soft sighs soothe.

Rolling waves rock. Hush.

Sleep comes easily in salted air.

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IX

Seen from the stars

your unique azure

illuminates life support

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X

My soul is drawn to sapphire depths.

My eyes rest on clear azure.

I’m humbled to consider your  vastness emanates from the purest drop.

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