Leviathan

Leviathan

A Poem by LJW

Just there on the arc of the horizon a vertical line of seabirds rise from a wave within inches of their collective lives. A lone blue whale capsizes a boat in miles of open water. The ocean is deep within me.
Sometimes I feel it all at once.

Could be the pull of the moon that brings me back. Here at the edge of where soft sand collides with broken glass. A spider crab makes a break for the safety of the water. A seagull swoops down and carries it away. The tide is deep within me.
Sometimes I feel it all at once.

More than likely a northeaster's coming. Out there where the closest land meets the roiling sea. A defiant old fisherman drops his net. The blue whale arches high out of the wake and eats the seagull that ate the spider crab. The storm is deep within me.
Sometimes I feel all three at once.

© 2021 LJW


Author's Note

LJW
Horrible internet connection tonight. The lag is real.
Will have to fix those line breaks another time.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Means a lot.

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you could quite easily leave Leviathan as is .. it reads well without any unnecessary ebbing & it flows like a dream .. plus there is something of a Jungian flavour that leaves a pleasant aftertaste behind .. N :)

Posted 15 Hours Ago


Moby was there all along. I avoided it. It is one of my many failures. Trying to read Moby Dick. Now I see why I couldn’t see the Liviathan!

Posted 1 Day Ago


I paint lots of birds and whales so this beautiful write really appeals to me. Well written and very visual.

Posted 1 Day Ago


LJW

1 Day Ago

Thank you my awesome friend.
And must add Yeats’ thick thigh’d leviathan slouching…in “second coming”

Where is it, in the poem, the Liviathan?

Posted 2 Days Ago


Now that I see a structure
What meanings can I feel. It’s rich with metaphor, and homages, and relationships. Where to begin?

Homages: I see Rimbaud’s famous boat, Hemingway’s old man, and sonnet#60,
Shakespeare’s pebbled shore.

Still haven’t gotten to where the meanings are. I’m distracted by the few old poems I have been carrying.

Posted 2 Days Ago


LJW

1 Day Ago

Yes, I see that you are distracted by Yeats, Rimbaud, Hemingway, and Shakespeare. A rowdy bunch to b.. read more
I see threes…
Whale boat ocean
Moon tide narrator
Whale fisherman storm.
In three stanzas.
And others, there are other triangulated relationships.
Three is a magical number specifically, 3.1459…into a unique infinity. I’ve come view Maths Poetically.

Posted 2 Days Ago


“Sometimes I feel it all at once” a point in time.
“Sometimes I feel all three at once” a line in Time.

Rich poem to ruminate, savor, digest with felt-thought.

Posted 2 Days Ago


I love your passion for the sea at different times of the year, and I like the way you repeat the words….” I feel it all at once” it makes the imagery so effective and shows the reader your feelings.
Well done!
Best
Betty

Posted 1 Week Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

Let me add the part where you speak about the whales, seagulls and crabs and who survives! Clever!
the bigger predator swallows the smaller...and it moves on down the line that way....survival of the fittest.
but when will that end, and when will the battle within ourselves reach conclusion...
Peace is like that seagull trying to fly away...and the blue whale, so big, is some enormous call to
war, physical, mental and emotional, that won't allow it to.
j.

Posted 1 Week Ago


Has the sound of Darwin to it. Also Freud. Perhaps the outer but reflects what is within.

Posted 1 Week Ago



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