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.


71 thoughts on “Ocean to Ocean.

  1. 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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    1. Oh, I thank you so much for your lovely words. I am indebted to your kindness, Lona! With the references to Ophelia, I definitely wanted to delve in themes of life and death. I am very happy you enjoyed this poem, and as always, I appreciate your analysis greatly.

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  2. 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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    1. 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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  3. 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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  4. “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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  5. Crazy beautiful lines with great ending Lucy ❤️

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      1. Oh wow….you’ve no idea how touched I am right now….thank you wholeheartedly….I’m blessed to know you….what a great support & help from your side….I’m deeply touched ❤️❤️

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      1. There is no need to apologize! This piece was originally posted around the beginning of this month, so it was bound to be buried. I’m just glad you enjoyed my piece. Thank you again. ❤

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