Poem 1983 (3)

Sea shade


Small waves gasp over sand
spray-feathered impacts
sun like a glass shell breaking on the head
drops hot blades
across my shoulders
forward just one step
beyond this clashing rim
here dark meets light
through shade’s warm brow
a lizard glances by
skims that cooking edge
in reflex blur.

I soon slept amid watery dream
where gentle sea was passing
with a rhythm of eyes rolling
below the lids
surface glinting scale tones
in falling progression
around sharp rock
its smooth rippled hug
as some liquid automaton
dazed or tired
might slowly gesture


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