Chanson de mer
The exuberant power
of the natural world…
Chanson de mer
I am the rock.
I am the island.
I am the glistening boulder at the waterline.
I am the sharp-edged, flinty fragment,
tossed by the blue-green surge,
scattered by the stinging wind,
collected once, and dropped, by a child.
I am the ancient stratum exposed to the faintly salty air.
I am the blunt face of the heaved-up, broken stone,
I am the silent witness
to the everlasting crash and song of the sea,
I stand against the tumbling, roiling crests that
dash to me,
break on me,
climb my height,
die at my foot,
and rise, vaulting, surging, crashing, singing,
to grandly break on me again, again…
the lyric, rhythms, chords the same
as at the last or next millennial dawn.
I am the rock. The sea endlessly sings to me.
September 15, 2011
[This poem about the ocean and the coast is a respectful imagination of the exuberant power of the natural world around us. I think that’s the best kind of description of a poem about nature. I wrote it on a cloudy afternoon on the massive rock formation that dominates the south coast of Conanicut Island in the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Jamestown, at the southern tip of the island, is the home of Beavertail State Park. I’d love to go back.]
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