Saltwater

Saltwater

A Poem by Anna von Österreich

I am drawn nightly to the frothy grain-scattered seashore
to eye the tide as it glides with the wind to meet my ankles.
The stars in the water's surface shimmer and light my face;
an archer of oblivion, the lonely lion, and mama's ladles.

I come home to the briny ocean-sprayed piers after twilight
to swim from stormy streets into the hush of broken eternity.
The fog spills over ship decks in the distance- tears over lashes;
a faceless captain enshrouded by a grey cloud of uncertainty.

I stalk the bayside cliffs overlooking the waves of the gulf
to feel the salt on my skin- I know all the lighthouses by name.
The beacon of her breast illuminates the shape of my shadow;
an absent memory threatens to rise up- set the fathoms aflame.

I am drawn nightly to a dream-lingering seashore
to ache at the fingertips of hands not reaching for me.

© 2017 Anna von Österreich


Author's Note

Anna von Österreich
(L. Sky.)

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love this so very descriptive and beautiful.
really enjoyed this write. love the last two lines as well.

Posted 2 Years Ago


I like your style of writing. It flows really well and keeps the perfect pace. After reading it, it kinda sticks with you. Waving around in the back of your mind.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nice textures and layers, words that draw one in.

Posted 2 Years Ago


"The fog spills over ship decks in the distance- tears over lashes;" What a great line! This piece is really a neat little write. Very vivid phrases bring me there, to the ocean-side to experience all the things you've told of.

Posted 2 Years Ago


You genuinely have a way of writing in which your words flow exceptionally in stanzas, and your stanzas weave together to form a warm, grainy, intimate picture of what you might have seen.

This was beautiful, Anna. Truly.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Always love your use of consonance and assonance in your writes, and your attention to detail is just so wicked Anna. So masterful and you spellbind my mind every time.

Posted 2 Years Ago


its a good read and marvelous scenary. Nice work

Posted 2 Years Ago


Amazing , musical, paints beautiful images in my mind. Bravo

Posted 2 Years Ago


So vivid and raw but gentle. You convey so well loneliness, deep reflection, and a yearning for connection -- or so I get from this poem. It is exceptional. Thank you for sharing.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Haunting words make the reader understand your words and thoughts.
"I am drawn nightly to a dream-lingering seashore
to ache at the fingertips of hands not reaching for me."
I love the sea and the above lines. The sea make us wish for faces and friends missed. Thank you Anna for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago



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Added on December 9, 2017
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Tags: ocean, sea, seashore, bayside, lighthouse, cliffs, rainy, stormy, dark, depths, fathoms


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