Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Weekly Scribblings #3: Salt-water poems


“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Welcome to Weekly Scribblings! The sea is emotion made manifest. I believe its voice speaks to the soul and in return evokes memories. Observe as the white spume rushes into the darkness, come lets give ourselves a moment to reflect; the sea is everything. 

Your challenge today is to write inspired by the sea. Feel free to explore its depths. Use it as a simile, or a metaphor, with the help of figurative language or even as a contrast.

We at Poets and Storytellers United accept both poems and prose pieces (i.e. stories, essays, articles) you may contribute more than one entry but remember to link before Friday 11 am as Mr.Linky closes at that time. Also, if you opt to write prose then please keep it to 369 words or fewer.

Dover Beach
by Matthew Arnold  

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling ...

The Sea Is History 
by Derek Walcott

Sir, it is locked in them sea sands
out there past the reef's moiling shelf,
where the men-o'-war floated down;
strop on these goggles,
I'll guide you there myself.
It's all subtle and submarine,
through colonnades of coral,
past the gothic windows of sea fans
to where the crusty grouper, onyx-eyed,
blinks, weighted by its jewels ...


Good luck composing your masterpieces. I look forward to reading what you come up with. Also, enjoy this music video by Christina Perri. Have fun!πŸ’

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for this prompt, Sanaa. Diver Beach is one of my all-time favourite poems, The Walcott piece, which I didn’t know before, is one I’m glad to get to know. And the sea itself is one of my great loves.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosemary 😘 the sea is one of my many loves too! Happy Wednesday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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    1. Those typos get the best of us!🍱🍣

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  3. I too love the sea. Thank you, Sanaa, for the opportunity to rework an old saltwater poem. I went back to my first love - the sonnet.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim 😘 Heading over to read you! Happy Wednesday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  4. Thank you for an inspiring prompt, Sanaa. I really like where this one sent me.

    Happy reading, everyone.

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    1. Thank you so much, Magaly 😘 I too liked where this one took you!
      Happy Wednesday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  5. I too love the ocean, not to swim any more but to sail leisurely away to a distant land. Seas were mysterious to me, living in the middle of the USA. We had large lakes, that was all. Finally when I was a teen I went with my parents to Warrenton, Oregon, to visit my grandparents who had moved there during the war, WWII. Digging for clams on the beach with my grandma became a favorite with me. BTW, we now live a 45 minute from Galveston (Texas) where the water is relatively warm year round. 90F's in the summer.
    Thank you, Sanaa, this is an excellent prompt.
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    1. Thank you so much, Jim πŸ˜ƒ so glad you enjoyed the prompt! Happy Wednesday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  6. Thank you... this is the time of year I LONG for the ocean...

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret 😘 heading over to read you! Happy Wednesday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  7. Fun prompt Sanaa! LOL, I don't get to the ocean as much as I'd like, so it was neat to play around with this theme and see what came up.

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    1. You and me both! I thoroughly enjoyed your flash fiction, Rommy!😘 Happy Wednesday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  8. I will be back this evening to visit these offerings and maybe pen a view of my favorite seashore~ A wonderful prompt!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ella 😘 I look forward to reading you! Happy Thursday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  9. Hello All- Love the prompt Sanaa! I hope you are all well.

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    1. Thank you so much for the beautiful poem, Linda!😘 Happy Thursday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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  10. Thank you for the prompt, Sanaa. Water is always full of inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenna 😘 heading over to read you! Happy Thursday!πŸ’πŸΉ

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