Down by the Shore

Down by the Shore

A Poem by Pete

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There's a place where no one knows you but everything cares.
The brokenhearted are regulars there.
Something about it always draws them.
Like moths to a flame.
A mesmerizing magnet.
They comb the beach, searching for answers.
Watering the ground with their tears.
Wailing an ocean of woe.
Trying to wring the worry from their hearts.
Sitting at the edge on brackish benches of dejected driftwood.
Guts screaming in silence.
Entrails expunged. 

They plead their cases like listless lawyers.
Bartering with the sand.
Bargaining with the waves.
Haggling with high tide.
Whispering to the wind in a sacrilegious sidebar. 
Offering pieces of their souls to the sea in exchange for understanding.
Anything for abject absolution and justice, however jaundiced.
They ply their gods with impassioned intoxicants. 
The ocean is their jury.
The moon their magistrate.
 The sun their sentencer.

Tossed about like cowardly cards in a paranoid, poker parlor.
Bereaved bottles.
Decanters of depression.
Vehement vessels.
Fanatical flagons of false faith.
Carrying declarations and decrees.
Villainous verdicts and jaded judgments.
Starcrossed sos-s.
Concealed confessions on sanguine scrolls and pitiful parchments.
Corked for a lifetime.
Floating for eternity.
Fishing for explanations.
Waiting for rescue that never resolves ...
... down by the shore ...

© 2017 Pete



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This is absolutely beautiful! As always, I really love the way you write. The words are pure perfection and it's a treat to read your poems :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Month Ago

you're too kind Giullia. it couldn't possibly be that good.
Giullia King

1 Month Ago

I promise, it is!
Gorgeous! The shore has always been a huge pull to many, the forgiving tide washing away all the struggles and cares, healing in its many layers of beauty, love this :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Pete

4 Months Ago

thank you Poppy. appreciate you stopping by. been going to the shore myself as it has been quite h.. read more
dear Pete... I am amazed by your words of wisdom personified in this painting... with strokes of regret and acceptance of the verdict of the sea
and jaded judgements. truly penned with teardrops... Pat

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

5 Months Ago

you clearly grasp the feelings and thoughts and it touched you. thank you Pat for deeply felt comme.. read more
Great use of imagery in this well written poem Pete. A pleasure to read. Thanks so much for the read request. Julie

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

5 Months Ago

thank you. i always appreciate your time to review and kind comments.

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