Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership


Suzette Richards Avatar  Send Soup Mail  Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled ON THE OCEAN WAVES which was written by poet Suzette Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

Read Poems by Suzette Richards

Best Suzette Richards Poems

+ Fav Poet


Seagulls bob at rest on the ocean waves. 
A tired fisherman the predawn chill braves, 
disgorging his catch on quay. 
Gutting knives of vendors clicking like claves, 
staining blood red and sliming the cask staves. 
A twist of the wrist the key. 
Barter for *snoek, which in newspaper saves – 
Very old trick passed down by the Cape slaves, 
before 1834 being set free. 
A vanilla dawn sun the wave crests paves. 
North-westerly wind mercilessly raves,
on the ocean waves with glee. 

*SNOEK - a line fish

Scientific name: Thyrsites atun
Other/Common names: Cape Snoek, Barracouta (in New Zealand and Australia)

8 December 2012

Tail Rhyme has many variations. Please see the About section for details.

Copyright © Suzette Richards

Post Comments

Please Login to post a comment
  1. Date: 1/5/2013 5:20:00 PM
    an interesting one, Su. You are really into forms and their varieties. You are my last comment to respond to. Trying to decide whether to hang around some more or not. So much to do this weekend. UGGG.

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 11:14:00 AM
    An excellent piece which I've enjoyed reading my dear friend! Thank you so much for sharing your poem and especially for new words or information. I've already came across the word Barracouta but the snoek is new for me. Thank you. I also never had tried yet this poem form. I hope I can compose a poem with this form some other time. Thank you so much and all the best! love/.hugs, LG

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 8:02:00 AM
    I like this very much, Su

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 7:07:00 AM
    I like this one Su, well done xx