When the Totem Speaks

When the Totem Speaks

A Poem by Alexandra Lucas
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Waiting for the mother

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The beach is swept by lavender shadows
that stroke the traces of memories left
by restless waves seeking sanctuary
in the sculptured rock. Silence is broken
by the bear cubs who wrestle playfully
with the children of tourists. They encroach
upon the sand, trailing refuse from town

unaware of the consequences, both.

You and I turn our gaze to the ocean
knowing, praying the mother will come soon.
There is no help, nothing for us to do.
The signs are there. History is written.
Her fur is dense and warm and smells of earth.
Her touch opens the passageway for rain;
her breath tears open the gateway to fear.
The lavender shadow exposes truth.

The stars are lit upon the ocean's sky,
tiny sparks of hope a thousand years gone,
as we step into the sea - the cool sea
dancing with light between the dark prisms
that whisper danger in the feasting hour.
From the depths she emerges between us,
gracefully feeling her way through the waves
and bearing us through the eons to come,

mother and daughter and father and son.

While on the shore the hordes arrange themselves
in the sand, buying spaces on dead trees,
eating fried potatoes dipped in red sauce
and rejoicing in the bathwater foam
left by a fevered sea, she slips from view.

She slips into the blue taking with her
a thousand years of starlight on her skin.
She slips along my fingers, immense, strong
beneath the surface, promising nothing
but hope for those who live in lavender
shadows, in tiny spaces on the shore,

waiting for the mother's touch, breathlessly.

© 2013 Alexandra Lucas


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Very good! The consequences are ours. This is beautiful work, a layer of reserve for those on the 'beach' who wait and build, but never seek. Some hope for the future as well. You packed this poem with visuals and insights.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Alexandra Lucas

6 Years Ago

Thank you very much, Shaun. I find myself on that 'beach' quite often but always looking out to sea... read more
Shaun Payton

6 Years Ago

The sea is fascinating to observe. You are quite welcome Alexandra:)
Reading your beautiful poem and reconnecting with friends like you and Vincent makes me happy for joining this site.

Posted 6 Years Ago


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Alexandra Lucas

6 Years Ago

Petra, it's so good to see you here! Thank you for the kind words and I'm delighted you joined!
Toying with her babies and trashing the place. Dire consequences are coming down! The imagery in this is really vivid. Angi~

Posted 6 Years Ago


Alexandra Lucas

6 Years Ago

Thank you, Angi. I had hoped to bring both the urgency of the situation and the complacency that pla.. read more
Your imagery in this brilliant piece is breath taking. I enjoyed every word, very descriptive from a gifted poet.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Alexandra Lucas

6 Years Ago

Thank you very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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Alexandra Lucas
Alexandra Lucas

Cape Breton Island, Canada



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Another three hundred years might be enough time to write all the things I'd like but perhaps it's better that I work to deadline, so to speak. I enjoy writing poetry and am currently involved in .. more..

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