Dirge of the Sea

Crashing waves pay elegy
The rocks keeping ryme
Darkness dances in with the mist
Stars a mute witness to this sublime

Ghosts serenade across the wood
Aching timbers groan out a song
Tattered ribbons of a sail ripped past
Wind whispering names foregone

Lovers lay awake on a bed never made
Hushed regrets of promises unkept
A distracting crescendo cracks on the rocks
Sins hidden for a lifetime now confessed

Sad seagulls sing out a dirge
Casting shadows in this curtain call
Leaning from the bannisters angels
Keep in kind as the rain begins to fall

© 2011 Chad Taylor

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

This was Poe-Brilliant! I loved it


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

I love the last two stanzas! The imagery created is dark and shadowy, like the secrets that the loved ones kept from one another. Amazing enough my wife and I are fighting today, and this poem seems to linger in my mind as if weighed down by my own emotional anchors.


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Chad A Taylor 4 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle... Author

@ jhamann Unfettered sail!


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

You create a mood and paint a shadowy picture.


Terry Bedard 4 years ago

You created a great descriptive picture where one is there with you. Great poem!

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