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Les Landes

The sun is caught in jaws of the strand -
a red ball tossed from sky to land.
Disembodied voices scratch and catch,

long limbs of sand shift and switch,
lion-tawny, and the rocks are spread like claws.
The sky is a huge blue roar.

Our sore, sun-scoured skin throbs raw.
The pines' dark fingers stiffen, shadow-shackled;
nose-prickling air acrid with the resin

of scorched trees; dry husks of crickets
scattered underneath like dead shells.
Our future darkens in the pine-pungent shade.

The silver sea glitters restlessly,
how it creeps up silently -
a predator advancing

to maul the cone-pocked shore.
And we, too, are dismembered -
our linked finger closeness shattered,

blown apart by the landscape's hot breath;
remnants scattered, swallowed
by the gaping gold maw of the bay.

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  1. Date: 7/21/2014 11:17:00 AM

    Our future darkens in the pine-pungent shade..classy write!!
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 3:51:00 AM

    I don't read much, but I read this and liked it for the unique quality. Sounds kind of like a pretty place in a picture, but no so fun to be in person...to me anyway:) Oh, and thank u for considering that poem I put into the contest. I never read my own poems but when I wrote it, it made me feel sad. Didn't know if I should enter stuff into contests bc it's been such a long time since entering one. Writing is a very weird animal in my life. Rabid and cruel. Necessary though.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 10:09:00 PM

    oh my goodness,w hat utterly beautiful imagery. parts are a bit ugly but there is beauty in THAT when you write like THIS. I am a very hot day that is consuming vegetation. just loved the way you made elements of nature like ferocious animals and that one line blew me away: the sky a huge blue roar. WOW.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 2:14:00 AM

    Beautiful imagery Charlotte,, u paint everything so live,, i can just see the lovely sight ,, loved ur write much//upma//

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