Flexing verbs – for dVerse

Sea sky

The sea anticipates me
as if my body, the touch
of my skin, will be the thing
that wakes it. It embraces me
slowly, taking it step by step,
so that I am gentled,
subdued by the water,
subduing in return.

Today, the sky
reflects the sea,
and I dive and swim
through fine white clouds,
fly through white crescent
waves, and the air
holds me, and the water
flows over me,

until there is a melding,
sea, cloud, sky, wave,
all one, all part of me,
me part of them,

and in my eyes
you will still see
the sea reflected.


This is for Kim at dVerse, who asks us to play with unexpected verbs. My time at dVerse has taught me that no verb is unexpected, but I’ve done my best…

9 thoughts on “Flexing verbs – for dVerse

  1. Wow, that first line has pulled me in: ‘The sea anticipates me’, definitely a verb in an unexpected context! I love the lines:
    ‘…I am gentled,
    subdued by the water,
    subduing in return’,
    I also love the melding of ‘sea, cloud, sky, wave’ – I had to read that aloud!


  2. You weaved such a lovely & lively tale, poet, silkie & water nymph. Your words were so vivid I could hear symphonic music under them, in the background, & of course I made a video of it in my mind.


  3. LOVE this description and telling of Sea Sky…..oh yes, when the water is still enough to reflect the clouds above, then one is swimming in liquid cool clouds….What a wonderful atmosphere you’ve created for this dip into nature!


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