Tides, pt. III

by John Herzog

something strange washed ashore
carried across the tides

a body?
a blessing

heavy and twisted
like driftwood

wearing skin made of sand
encrusted like crystals
glistening in the sun

clenching fingers into the shore
gripping new foundation
my eyes adjust
to a life above water
I taste the sky
and purge my lungs of ocean
of the seaweed and urchins
so long lodged within

the tides ever kissing my feet
tempting comfort in darkest abyss
where no soul can see me
no friend can find me

it is easier to sink
than to rise
above sea's embrace

but gravity is nothing
if you are weightless
with will stronger
than moon's pull

so I become like the moon myself
dancing between earth and sun

as I watch the tides recede


Posted on 06/18/2018
Copyright © 2021 John Herzog

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Glenn Currier on 06/19/18 at 11:02 AM

Oh man! John, you have a poet's heart. It was on the second read - just beyond the gripping imagery that I got the something deeper there. I am not sure what deeper meant to you as you wrote this but I know what it means to me. It brings to mind a wonderful poem and a book written by Richard Rohr using the poem's title. If you Google it you will see, but here's a page with the poem: http://tnl.org/breathingunderwater . There are so many lines in your poem that captured me, but these two stick: "clenching fingers into the shore / gripping new foundation" I certainly do relate. I admire and envy your talent to write about experience and ideas in a less-than-obvious fashion. I have only fleeting moments of being able to do that. Your mind and soul seem to be washed and rooted in this gift and I do so enjoy experiencing them in your poetry. Thank you my friend. Beautiful poem!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/19/18 at 11:36 AM

Glenn pointed this poem out to me, John, and I agree with him. I like how the deeper meaning is left to the reader to decide, while all in all, a captivating descriptiveness...read.

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