Swirling in the Tidewater


Swirling in the Tidewater

last day of summer,  the preachers are vocal
lounging on the shore, surfboards idle
sipping from tall bottles rimmed with lime and rock salt
raucous waves washing over the stones
and licking at the toes of the eternal malcontents

sundown brings the acoustic guitars
the blankets piled around cold shoulders
low voices murmur and blend with the sighs of the ocean
miles away the stars blink and shine down
illuminate the sphere of whimsical firelight

coals burn igneous, fogged images crowd inside a well drugged skull
passed out, breathing into chill rock
surrounded by the tall grasses and the hollows of shade,
memories of hazy sunlight beneath six feet of brine,
and breathing in the flood of ecstacy

hear the crying, the soughing, the sifting,
the laborious motion of infinite potions,
poured into glass that cracks and spews,
vomit monsoons, typhoon into bedrock lagoons,
daydream drinking beneath a small volcano

caught the tail of almost not here,
rode it into the shallows, standing shakily,
skin scraped clean and spread out to dry beneath the heat,
early morning birds screech and hop and pick at the sea,
hangover fades as i lay, and bake into newly formed bricks

the unknown become numbers in my phone,
as i straddle a chunk of wood and bob my head,
inside my mind i grieve with the guilt i feel,
the pleasure of being,
on this wayside shore with lonely people in random company

sunlight, sand, salt water
only if im drinking
this beach is open to broken bottles, remnants of fires
sandals carving shadows into grit
make of this place what you desire

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786mona commented on Swirling in the Tidewater


it reminds me of Shakespeare, i love the way how you u went from reality to never land. it is awesome! wow:P

dumplin commented on Swirling in the Tidewater


This reminds me of that movie Point Break. I love the way you went from reality to a drugged dreamlike existence, then back into reality again. Great poem!



thank you dumplin

ginga commented on Swirling in the Tidewater


Amadeus, I love all the images you have set forth in this intriguing ocean scene. Interestingly framed and written. ginga



thank you ginga....so hard to get myself read in here, i love that you just look for me

SuSpence commented on Swirling in the Tidewater


Great poem amadeusex! It's like the ying and yang experience of being out on the beach, with all the beauty nature has to offer, it can be a beautiful, romantic, breathtaking experience. Or you can be umong the lonely souls wandering dreaming of better days, it is all what you make of it. Plus there are many great lines in here, a few of mine are 'sandals carving shadows into grit', and 'raucous waves washing over the stones, and licking at the toes of the eternal malcontents'. Wonderful poetry and imagery. 10

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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