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'...the great tide that treads the shifting shore.' 
                                Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Sluggishly the waves steal in like guilty 
lovers, apologetic, 
smothering the shore with gentle kisses 
of contrition; 
the ocean lies at rest, the surf recumbent, 

Suddenly the heavens burst, tides no 
longer in remission, 
swells that idled now surge into shore 
their temper rages, 
'sotto voce' once, now they roar like tigers 
in their cages! 

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  1. Date: 12/29/2012 6:56:00 PM
    very nice Keith, thanks for reading my "form Him" old words/poem from the 1990's so no need to feel guilt ;} 17 yrs was a good fun for us) Hey Keith don't forget to have a HAPPY NEW YEAR;}

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 7:24:00 PM
    Keith, love the tie you express here,,, okay, it roars like thunder,,, always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 8:44:00 PM
    I never experienced what you describe here but you sure give me the picture of the sea when it is at rest then in all its might and fury. Beautiful feeling of power in this Keith. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 4:35:00 PM
    Hooray Keith! "in like guilty lovers" soon "they roar." love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 7:12:00 PM
    I have missed your poems, so glad to read this, awesome write as usual, have a great evening, hope all is well with you, hugs vie