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Sea of Love

While whispers shush on sheltered shores, as soon the cockcrow quakes,
the seas descry a skittish sky, sense summer zephyrs wake  –
roused passions neath the sunrise pulse, the whitecaps throb and ache.

Along the crests crawl shallow shades the soaring sun effaces,
and rain in streams belies the dreams that fantasy embraces –
the ocean sprays of yesterdays conceal forsaken faces. 

The midday sun has slowed its run, a shrinking puddle steams,
between the knells for shattered shells drift wounded seagulls’ screams –
affection blends but sometimes ends, or so it sadly seems.

At dusk a ruddy disk descends, the skyline's furnace burns  
and neath the swells where Neptune dwells, an undercurrent churns –
a seahorse hides and seaweed bides until the tempest turns.

While twilight hosts the winds with ghosts of barbed electric spangles,
a mermaid braves the crashing waves adorned with starfish bangles –
the spirit yearns in twists and turns entwined in rockweed tangles.

As seven stranded seamen scan the dimple-dappled moon,
eleven sultry sirens serenade a lonely loon –
the breakers pound and sometimes sound a melancholy tune. 

Soon gales ignite the briny night and rip the skies askew
with zigzag teeth flashed deep beneath a blazing bolt tattoo –
storms, spent, subside with ebbing tides, then all begins anew.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 4/10/2019 3:05:00 PM
Hello Terry O'Leary,Oh Wow! I feel that this is the greatest poem,I have just read! I felt like i was able to be by the sea. To be able to touch the salty water. A great read. Have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 5/1/2017 12:51:00 AM
Great write :)
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Date: 4/12/2017 9:31:00 AM
Great rhymes, great poem and well deserved first place. Congratulations Terry! :-)
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Date: 4/2/2017 12:29:00 PM
I am in awe once again. \ such alliteration tickles my cockles. (I hope that's not off color) pal o yours
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Date: 3/19/2017 9:37:00 PM
Congratulations on your placement. Love the monorhymed stanzas as well as the alliteration. You did good.
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Date: 3/18/2017 1:19:00 PM
Nice work!
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Date: 3/17/2017 11:21:00 AM
Brilliant, congratulations Terry...
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Date: 3/16/2017 11:58:00 AM
You, sir, have an incredible gift! This completely blew me away! Congrats on your well deserved 1st place win, Terry. This is going in my favs! Blessings, Kim
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Date: 3/16/2017 11:40:00 AM
Love the language of this, congrats!
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Date: 3/16/2017 10:36:00 AM
Action packed! Congrats on your top win, Terry!
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Date: 3/16/2017 9:17:00 AM
Congratulations Terry :)
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Date: 3/16/2017 4:17:00 AM
Congratulations on your top place, Terry. Beautiful rhythms you have produced in this piece. // Barry
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Date: 3/15/2017 10:36:00 PM
Your work is extraordinary, Terry, and I am honored to grab a second-place behind you, (and be in such good company with those on this list) ... I have yet to read ANYthing of yours that I didn't love, and this is one of my favorites - exquisitely done, and well-deserved. Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity here on Poetry Soup, and please keep doing so - you have enriched my life! Congrats! :-)
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Date: 3/15/2017 10:04:00 PM
You did it again, I guess you know exactly what I like, there are no more superlatives left, just masterful writing! Congrats on stand alone first place win!
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Date: 2/13/2017 1:58:00 PM
Congratulations Terry!! Hugggs deb
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Date: 2/13/2017 10:22:00 AM
Awesome write..Congrats on the win. :)
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Date: 2/13/2017 2:01:00 AM
Congratulations. What a great usage of meaningful words. Thank you, Kai
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Date: 2/12/2017 10:16:00 PM
I love the unique imagery and metaphors, Terry. This is beautifully written!! Congrats to you and hugs, Rhonda
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Date: 2/12/2017 2:01:00 PM
Wow, Terry, this poem is brilliant! You have a very creative way of presenting imagery - "dimple-dappled moon" "starfish bangles" And I love the way the story "begins anew" at the end. This is a perfect description of the seas. Nice use of alliteration as well. Congratulations!
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Date: 2/12/2017 10:16:00 AM
Beautiful..Congrats on your win Terry
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Date: 2/4/2017 10:22:00 PM
As only you can Terry...Splendid write..
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Date: 2/3/2017 9:24:00 PM
Terry!!! What a fantastic included it all...perfectly!!! Love this !!! Big Hugggs my friend!!! Good to see your poems again!!! Deb
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Date: 2/3/2017 8:22:00 AM
Splendid write, Terry. Just flows right off the tongue. Really a great read:)
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