Ernestine Northover

(25th March 1943)

Within The Waves


Along vast beaches the rippling tides
to strong stone promenades duly proceed.
Taking with them pre-washed shingle that glides,
in a to-and-fro act of endless speed.

The sea bombards the shore, hour by hour,
churning up polished granules in its wake.
Myriads of grains feeling its power,
pile thus against a high concrete windbreak.

Forces within the waves, one cannot quell,
no one can calm the waters constant flow.
It is an endlessly repeated swell,
like music in ‘moto perpetuo’.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Edited: Monday, May 23, 2011

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  • Andrew Blakemore (8/6/2009 11:01:00 AM)

    It's 10/10 from me for any poem that contains the word 'myriads' and this one has a bit of Italian thrown in for good measure too! Got to be worth at least 15/20! Great poem Ernestine, it's good to have you back as good as ever. Love, Andy xx (Report) Reply

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