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The Sea and I

Once I was sand dab small urchin of the tides shrieking with the gulls on my blanket of sand and head high as the waves I was playmate to the sea One and one were we under the clouds of foam . . . Sand crabs tickled my toddles The conch sang hushabies of the surf The horses of the sea whinnied the tunes of my periwinkle dreams . . . . . . Who sells cockles for my suckle? Who can cuddle stars to sleep? What Sandman rock-a-byes yesternight’s cradle? All the sun long day I melted from green to gold holding the hand of the sea for only a rainbow long and gathering handfuls of mist I was Captain of the tides . . . Dolphins dipped to my horn The turrets of my castles trembled the wind The shrill of my whistle shivered the still of the serpent’s lair . . . . . . Who can ride the ebbless tide? Who can borrow wings from the wind? What Sandman can cool the burn of my yearnings? Each stolen night and day I streaming down the shore danced the fire dance in the tongues of the leaping waves Neptune strong Colossus high I strode the shallow deep Buccaneer of the boundless main Captain Hook of my mussel fleet . . . The peaks of my mountains scraped the clouds The crash of my drumbeats thundered the sky The sting of the salty spray blurred my lordly eyes Hickory Dickory heedlessly I waded the Gulliver shore While sands of the hourglass trails trickled forever by . . . . . . Who can caress the foam? Who can touch nevermore? What Sandman can dry the tears of the sea? – Harley White < 1968 >

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Date: 9/26/2014 10:13:00 PM
1968, huh? that was a few years before I discovered my love for writing in jr. high school. But I only was writing short stories,not poetry, until 2000!! I bet you must have a lot of practice by now and if this is any judge of it, you have to be one magnificent writer now!!!! this is just wonderful!!
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Harley White
Date: 9/27/2014 7:43:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea, for the marvelous comment! I have been writing since I can remember, and that was my first serious poem. As I said below, it is supposed to have a shape to it. I have always been interested in how text is laid out on the page, as well as the content. And, BTW, I've seen some of your poems, and you are an excellent writer yourself!
Date: 9/25/2014 4:16:00 PM
powerful piece of writing very beautifully painted piece
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Harley White
Date: 9/25/2014 4:41:00 PM
Thank you so much for your lovely comment! This poem has a shape like the movement of the tides, which can be seen on a poems page of mine at