Leave thy Ophelias Be

Leave thy Ophelias Be

A Poem by James McFadyen

Your surface gleams with still serenity
A radiance tranquil blue 
Perfect cadence of ebb and flow 
A free fluidity. A pensive adagio

Oh why betray such bountiful virtues
What will quench your thirst?
You copiously gulp the lavish rays 
Then expel them in celestial bursts.

Yet your mesmerising waves demand a feast
A meal of body and blood
Swimmers, Sailors, women or men 
Consumed by a merciless flood

Oh how they must of thrashed and fought
Against you watery pull
Lungs that shriek in staving pain 
The maelstrom not quite full

What of the drowned undrowned?
that stand by the oceans edge
who cry, salt water tears of loss
Must they too sink under seas so cold?
A cacophony of pain; a deathly repose 
When will your appetite of souls be curbed? 
Leave thy Orphellias be!
When can we stare beyond sandy bays 
In love, again, with the sea ?    

© 2013 James McFadyen

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A cacophony of pain; a deathly repose
When will your appetite of souls be curbed?
Leave thy Orphellias be!
When can we stare beyond sandy bays
In love, again, with the sea ?

i shall tel you that these are the most amazing lines i have read today
wow..!!commendable work mate
keep up

Posted 1 Year Ago

Classic !

Posted 5 Years Ago

Leave the orphellias be.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Posted 5 Years Ago

Good job, a poem in the classical 19th century tradition with good rhymes, good structure, so you did well here

Posted 5 Years Ago

The majestic sea can be a source of great tranquility or it can tumble your very soul and spit you out like a mere piece of gum, it's strength and pull are epic, as is this write.

Posted 5 Years Ago

This poetry brings to mind a perfect picture of death swirling underneath the radiant blue tranquil seas. Very dramatic and superbly poetic. You are a great poet!

Posted 5 Years Ago

Classically written with a bite for those that need it, well done, good read.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Reminiscent of some of the great classics. Beautifully written. A very, very nice piece of poetry indeed!

Posted 5 Years Ago

This is just lovely. The apple does not fall far from the tree, I am pleased to say...And you're absolutely gorgeous to look at *laugh* (sorry John) ;-) This is a remarkable piece; I have such a healthy respect for the sea, having lived on a boat in Alaska that damn near sank and killed us all, so that last stanza really resonated with me. You have enormous talent. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.


Posted 5 Years Ago

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Added on November 18, 2012
Last Updated on March 11, 2013


James McFadyen
James McFadyen

London, Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom

Student by day, attemptee-author by night. Studying English and History BA/HONS at the University of Exeter. more..


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