Treasure Island

Jan Sand

(February 2 1926 / USA)

Below


The surface of the sea
Chipped into hollows by the wind
Waves whitecaps back at me.
I am fixed ashore, pinned
To a static spot to watch the dance
Of liquid edges roiled in ecstasy
At the caress of the air to glance
On surface sensitivity, emoting fantasy.

Below this infinite quadrille,
Untouched by playful atmosphere,
A steady blue-green note does fill
The drowned eye and the ear
With the silent sound of the deeps

Wherein shadowed predators
In lazy body twists and snakey leaps
Exert the rights of conquerors.

Shoals of shining scales flash in this night,
Coordinate in disciplined precision.
Edge on dim, then suddenly all bright,
In single mind decision.

More alien than something from the stars,
A nest of tentacles makes its way on bottom sand
To touch and test all fissures. Nothing mars
Its intensive curiosity, the tentacle more agile than the hand.

Shell arthropods on needle legs with pincer tips
Troop in pizzicato caravans,
Antennae waving gaily in swoops and dips,
Surveyed from above by hungry clans.

Outside the traveled paths
Beneath the gloom of submerged cliffs
Far in time and space from human wraths
A pirate skull stares at underwater riffs
Which play and replay quantum terrors.
Doubloons in dotted lines scribble on the sand
Tales of violence and greedy errors.
Now lies in peace beyond desire and demand.

Submitted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Below by Jan Sand )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Over the river, Dr PJ Raj Kamal
  2. Many people, hasmukh amathalal
  3. Life is funny!, PARTHA SARATHI PAUL
  4. America the Beautiful, oskar hansen
  5. freedom, marriam anderson
  6. insane, marriam anderson
  7. A Man Of No Patience, Sir Toby
  8. Philosophy, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  9. A Rose Flower, Akhtar Jawad
  10. For A Friend, Randy McClave

Poem of the Day

poet Geoffrey Chaucer

The firste stock-father of gentleness,
What man desireth gentle for to be,
Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress,
Virtue to love, and vices for to flee;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. bra maidenform, rwetewrt erwtwer
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]