Ocean to Ocean.

“Ophelia” painting by John Everett Millais.

Ophelia flowers

leaving 

to the excessive 

blindness

by the fingernails of psithurism,

and trees that inherit the blood red;

 

ankles sink into the ocean

stars come to the end

of light—the angry light

that feasts 

beyond the last bone

from the tree,

 

and dark waves

beyond the terminus of the skies

familiar in graveyard shifts

tiptoe of the moon

made for midnight dances

in the galaxy’s sleep.

 

My solidity is diffusing

ocean to ocean

with the red dust of Mars,

to pathos and requiem

 

as death parts a river

of my reverie. 

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First appeared in Free Verse Revolution.

Reposted for dVerse’s open link night.




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71 replies

  1. Your blogs always come up something beautiful.

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  2. I love this painting of Ophelia – Millas and the Pre Raphaelites rocked! Your words give it voice…

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  3. Eloquent poem and tribute to Ophelia! “Death parts a river’’ — brought a sigh to my lips. Well-written and expressed!

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  4. I had to look up “psithurism” because I didn’t know what it meant! It’s a perfect word for that weird sound. Excellent imagery in your poem!

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  5. I felt the sense of slow diffusion that is this mortality, circling as we are in the currents and the trade winds, so nice, so beautiful, sometime so painful, to be the corner that has some awareness even if just for a small spot of time. The last two stanzas are are turn, a volta, I am melting, melting. So Lovely!

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  6. Perhaps this could be dust to dust as we disintegrate and spread from ocean to ocean!
    Love this verse:

    tiptoe of the moon
    made for midnight dances
    in the galaxy’s sleep.

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  7. I love the Sheakespeare reference 🖤

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  8. Wonderful, Lucy. Excellent imagery!

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  9. My goodness this is absolutely phenomenal, Lucy! 💝

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  10. Ophelia and that painting in particular have been the inspiration for quite a few poems, Lucy, and I love where they have taken you. I especially enjoyed the lines:
    ‘stars come to the end
    of light—the angry light
    that feasts
    beyond the last bone
    from the tree’
    and the delightful image:
    ‘tiptoe of the moon
    made for midnight dances
    in the galaxy’s sleep.’

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  11. I love how you used the Ophelia story in the poem… but I also feel that you speak in the voice of the river pulling her down, while returning back to the ocean.

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    • I definitely do! Good eye. I always love themes of being consumed or drowned by a feeling or emotion. It was perfect with Ophelia with such different themes of tragedy, madness and death.

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  12. I love your descriptives here but especially-
    ‘ tiptoe of the moon

    made for midnight dances

    in the galaxy’s sleep.’

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  13. Another enjoyable read, Lucy. Kim outlined my two favorite lines. There was a movie out last year called OPHELIA. It present an intelligent strong girl, who fakes her own drowning; check it out.

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  14. Great word pictures. I’ll be looking for that movie Glenn mentioned!

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  15. “and dark waves
    beyond the terminus of the skies
    familiar in graveyard shifts
    tiptoe of the moon
    made for midnight dances
    in the galaxy’s sleep”

    Oh I feel this. Being lulled by the ebb and flow tide’s dark depths while Luna stares unseeingly in her nightly pirouette across the sky.

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  16. Beautiful verse Lucy. The words are such a wonderful compliment to the artwork. Love the sense of mystic in the poem. A gem to be adored.

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  17. Yes, very haunting images and truly fitting to the character of Ophelia. I wonder about the new film as Ophelia also suffers deeply. I hope the heroican be shown ‘recovering’ rather than just being strong!

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  18. the angry light

    that feasts

    beyond the last bone

    from the tree,

    and dark waves

    beyond the terminus of the skies

    I love that phrase, the images!

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  19. Crazy beautiful lines with great ending Lucy ❤️

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  20. Exquisite and brilliant words. Very melodic!!

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  21. Thanks for the new word, “psithurism”!

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  22. Beautiful imagery– a melding of Romanticism and Pre-Raphaelites.

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  23. This is a lovely poem! Beautiful and chilling

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