Week 26 – Missing the tide

 

An ocean without a tide and big waves doesn’t seem like a real sea to me

 

Missing the tide

I was weaned on racing tides
and wild waves
whether England, Éire or Wales
my North Atlantic never failed
to exhilarate.

In comparison, the baltic sea
seems to me a poor thing
revolving in place; impotent, prissy
powerless to touch me, unless I allow it
like a cowed man in a matriarchy
waving from a distance, waiting for me to take the plunge.

I prefer to be pursued. My favourite game was always chicken
partnered by the ocean, who pretended to lie low,
then drenched me with a humdinger
seven times as big.

This suitor hesitates
as if there was a big weight holding him back
and though he’d like to rush forth
the baggage impedes
so instead he just struts loudly
and makes excuses.

 

15th July 2017, Graz

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One thought on “Week 26 – Missing the tide

  1. I like this a lot. I understand very much about the tides. However, I can’t quite get the last verse – it sort of makes sense but it’s not clear for me and it seemed like a sudden jump from talking about the excitement engendered by “dicing with death (ie. a wetting) and then suddenly it’s about a man – or is it? Sorry I didn’t get the connection.

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