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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Toads' Sunday Mini-Challenge: Jueju

© Ellen Wilson photo
At the Imaginary Garden for Real Toads, Kerry continued the quatrain theme and introduced an ancient Chinese form of quatrain called Jueju.
Kerry included some beautiful photographs by Real Toads members, and I wanted to write about Ella's photograph of tea and pearls, but the poet part of my mind was not in step with the inspired-observer part at all.
Therefore, I took two of Kerry's words and used them. My photos are of the first beach I remember, the one always in my mind when I think of the ocean.
This is my home town, White Rock, British Columbia, where, at low tide, are miles and miles of soft sand and fascinating pools beyond the rocky beach. Those tide pools have fascinated children for a long, long time. The thought of the creatures hiding there is enough to tempt the most sensitive feet to cross the rocky beach.
© Kay Davies photos


susurrating sumptuous sea
singing deep in the soul of me:
advancing with your rhythmic roars
then, sighing, leave for other shores.

what can I do to keep you here?
you’re much too strong for me. I fear
I cannot hold the heart of you—
sensuous sea, you’re never true.

suggestively erotic sea
your need is always to be free,
to come and go at night or noon,
influenced only by the moon.

©  Kay Davies, 2012

18 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Very beautiful, and my favorite topic. Lovely, Kay!

Mary said...

Ah yes, that sea is definitely a fickle lover!! Always coming and going.

Heaven said...

Lovely pictures of the beach ~ Nice capture of the sea who wants to be free ~

aprille said...

Sorry to be obvious, but it flows, like the subject itself. And sighs and heaves and does all sorts of things. :-)

Susan said...

A rhythm that we can count on, at least no false promises ground your love!

kkkkaty said...

I am in love with the sea so appreciate this more than I can say here..

Hannah Pratt said...

Very nice.

razzamadazzle said...

Beautiful romance with the sea. It really does seem to have the power of love within its waves.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Beautiful work Kay! A wonderful sense of flow and rhythm--

Powell River Books said...

Looks like our side of the world, White Rock? - Margy

Mad Kane said...

Very sonorous verse. Well done!
Madeleine Begun Kane

Hannah said...

The alliteration is a great fit for the topic with the s and r sounds...really brings the sound of sea...your last line is brilliant, Kay...only influenced by the moon!!! Wonderful!!

Old Ollie said...

beautiful poem -

Daryl said...

the images your words bring to mind are some wonderful memories i almost forgot .. thank you

Helen said...

The Sea is everything you describe ~~ and more. Lovely!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

your need is always to be free..

I love this line, Kay, and the poem is so filled with longing and sadness, two emotions which the sea is apt to stir up in me.

Margaret said...

your need is always to be free,
to come and go at night or noon,

Just gorgeous! I like the seven per line, and your words are wisely chosen. Susurrating... ? Love that. rhythmic roars then, sighing... Just lots of wonderful imagery. Obviously written by someone who knows the water intimately.

Ella said...

How did I miss this?! Was I sick?!
I too miss the sea and your verse has the ebb n' flow I love~

I love these lines, too:
"your need is always to be free,
to come and go at night or noon"...

Beautiful! :D