Friday, August 07, 2009

Fog People


There’s some that calls it fog, let them, I say.

There’s some that calls it rolling devils, they’re close.

There’s some, like me, who sit by the shore

Late in the evening, with the sun but a memory

And watch the shadow selves of centuries past,

Slither down from the graveyard on the hill behind us.

And get busy at the work of hauling out the catch

From the dancing grey boats on the slippery water

And spread it row on row on the flakes to dry.

We watch them swirl and spin and shift,

The dog and me, and growl if they get too close.

15 comments:

  1. That's wonderful. Such powerful images. Feels like I'm right there as I read it.

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  2. I can feel that fog in my lungs with every breath and line of the poem.

    Beautiful!

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  3. I knew you were a good poet and you proved it again today. The last line is priceless, but the whole poem tells a wonderful story and I wish you would tell them more often this way.

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  4. i like that poem. i like that photo. i like the fog.

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  5. Excellent! Which of you growls the loudest?

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  6. Oh wow!! Wonderful poem, WWW.
    I can hear foggy echoes of the voice of Dylan Thomas reciting it. :-)

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  7. Thank you all for your comments, it was written last night after a strange time on the shore, swirling mist all around us, Ansa with her hackles raised and a low rumbling in her throat, she could see them too. It was extraordinary.
    XO
    WWW

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  8. hacksident! you are making me laugh.

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  9. Laurie:
    Isn't it great though, huh? huh?
    XO
    WWW

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  10. it is. very creative. and i like it! i suspect the marketing people at the press won't go for it, though.... they seem to be quite literal-minded.

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  11. Wonderful! Thank you for posting this. Photo is perfect for the poem; poem is perfect for the photo.

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  12. Laurie:
    of course they'll hate it, journalists being such serious people 'n all!
    XO
    WWW

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  13. Verna:
    Thank you so much for the good words.
    XO
    WWW

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  14. This made my night.
    Looking forward to put my head on the pillow and dive into ... a foggy dream.
    The peace of the night.

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  15. Thank you Sean I hope your dreams had soft edges!
    XO
    WWW

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