Treasure Island

Saiom Shriver

(Ohio)

02 Seapoems Longer


42 SEA POEMS


SLEEPSLIP Version II

As the south wind slapped
his sails and seawaves
slapped his sloop
his soul slipped down
a sweet slope into
sleep

INGATHERER


As the sea does each raindrop,
and all rivers ingather
so sooner or later

flows every soul
to God Mother Father

LAVA TURNED TO JEWELS

She the blue sea..
receives red hot lava
and transmutes it
into green glass jewels
while on land pressure turns
charcoal's black chalk into translucent
diamonds.

She the listening compassionate
ear turns anger into
love.

(to Lois Lichty and her loved ones..
Lois never said an unkind word to
anyone)

RAIN AT SEA

Rain at sea
redundancy?
Are reflected fires
needless beneath
ignited stars?

THE SEA RECEIVES ALL LONELY RIVERS

Receives all arrows
the universal quiver
as the sea receives
all lonely rivers
as the sea purifies
all polluted rivers
as the sea
calms all
ruffled rivers

(to E. M. Hubiak)

SHROUD TO SAIL

The shroud in which she did lie
is now sail for ship of joy.
Her tomb's boulder now
the cornerstone of resurrection.
The mist which clouded mirror
of soul
replaced by God's reflection
and ice of pain on sea did
melt..
it now flashes sun's perfection.

(to JBO)

SEA NILE

Where to salt water
turns the sweet
Where aqua becomes
deep navy
Where robins to

seagulls give way
And the linear
to spherical
gives sway

There the
sea is wed
to Nile..

Some had thought
the Nile
was senile..
but he was far beyond
earth's cares
merged in the ecstasy
.. of the ebbtide sea
.. only a murmuring
to say where he'd merged

(to the Milcetich's)

FOAM LACE TABLE CLOTH

Mother Earth set daisy tables that
upon them bees might sup..
Mother Earth
set buttercups
that from them
bees sip sunup
Mother Sea.. threw a foamlace
tablecloth over the flat rock
in the bay..
that her fishies might dine..
and when they were finished
she slid it off and sudsed the
rock clean with her surf.

(to Betsy Frost)

UNBOTTLED MESSAGE

With a rare wave
Bottled messages
float to the shore
but with each wavelet
the sea's unbottled
message is
'they love you ever more'

HURRICANE KATE

Hurricane Kate
forced proud palms
to padnamasakar
the humble ocean

Because she the sea
everywhere has feet
it's not hard for them
to show their devotion

(to EKB)

COCONUT PITCHER

The full moon poured
pitcher after pitcher
of coconut milk
into the sea..
and the sea.
she silvered it all.

(to peace educator
Ruth Zais Thomas,98
when she left for God)

DO NOT DISTURB

God has put a 'do not disturb'
sign
over the green shelled lobsters

and a no fishing sign over
limpets
cozily nesting
in lime waters limpid


GOD THE HOLDER OF THE SEA
OR SAGARADHAR

Roman toga sand goldfringed
Crowned by the starry sky
Most stay on evergreen shore
Few everblue depths explore.

She's garbed in selfweaved seaweed
Garlanded by coral reefs
Starfish shod to copy heaven
Turquoise skirts.. wave slips neath.

Like rubies in rose velvet
Like stars in saffron billows
Like miracle: fall's cherries
in pink spring blooming pillows

Are the quintillion mirrors
Of sun diamonds on an azure sea
Bright rhinestone constellations
Heralds of eternity.

Rose at dawn Then silver morn
Sunset pink aft bright blue noon
Violet throne of King Neptune
Arises in joy to greet orange moon.

Of fingered wind: wavestringed harp
Where aqua meets the deep blue sea.
Ever amphitheatre of
seagull noted symphony.

Whispers in waning wavelets
Thunders in the roaring surf.
Yet secrets with her safest.
Dips bubbling stream to quiet mirth.

Anantarup where sky meets air
Ekanath the surf beneath
Babel tower above bequeathed
Mouni sadhu neath sea heath.

Those who thoughtless rape her shores
Destroy terns' nests near the lagoons
Water skiers and propellers
smash her floating nests of loons.

Sends dolphin harmers tidal waves
.. Some fishermen's final grave
Gently kissing concave naves
All water to the Sun she gave.

In shallows shelters shellfish shy
Hid Moby Dick from harpoon
Her Royal Lowness gainst longlines
vented fury in typhoon

Globed dewdrops seem strangely flat
on rim of Rama's rinsing bowl.
Calling ever to her brooks...
The whole world's
Begging Bowl

Only mother whale empire
Only bed for longflight birds
Keeps clams not half but wholeshelled
Guardian of fossil ferns.

Bathes sweet shrimps with eyes on stalks
Crab crib and Jellyfish cradle
Octopi and penguins
Polar bears and pelicans

Swimmers few feet strive while her
currents thousand miles flow
Playground of the dolphin's dive
Fish avenger: undertow

Some who tried to mine her gems
The temple desecrated
By their own deeds they were made
Mariners marinated.

Ferments to ambrosia'd cup
tears merging in her crucible'd vale
Fearful thunderhead cloudmaker
Of Arjun's canyon features.. the harem veil

Sheath of archipelago
Shround of wartime submarines
Eire's and Britain's inbetween
belching factories' latrine

Deliverer of ancient
corked bottle tidings.
Monthly ecstasy
with full moon tiding

Tolstoy said Red Sea parting
was conception of Virgin Mary
Stella'd Mare aster'd sea
Only God can hold her.

Breakers turning into glass
Looking glass which never breaks
Premsagar Varunishwar
Neptune soothing heartbreak aches

Mother of dewdrop and Great Lake Erie
cascades whirlpools and blowing bubbles
rapids fountains underground streams
ponds creeks brooks and swelling puddles

Snowflake could not heights maintain
ended in the humble sea
Rajas saw her restless waves
Sattva her deep serenity.

East Avatar sun linga births
West she Surya swallows
Only Hara can pierce her deeps
Reflects all in kind shallows

Only purest and strongest blooms
On her tears can grow
Only sannyasi blossomings
on her can rootless flow

By Malaysia she's Malaysian
By Chile Atlantic
In the bays she's specific
In Korea, she's Pacific

Her child clouds give all to drink
Yet none can sip her briny brink
except that Neelakanta poison takes
And turns venom into nectar.

Always sweeping twigs to shore
Holds not wake ire of boats
Stream filth turned to purity
In peace all who touch her float.

Daily her blue the
orange sun births
Watch him rising
on her horizon

Palms to her
do padnamaskar
Beneath the dome of
sparkling stars

Setting for calligraphy
of flying birds' seaward poem
Playground of those who roam
Highway of ships bound for home.

Turns angry crimson lava
into green glass jewels
For her tiniest crabs
gives wading tidal pools

Chanting Jesus In Brazil
Je said by her inwaves
Sus by her
receding outwaves

Neath Egypt's stars
sings Allah Akbar
Israeli sea shallows
shshsh shalom
Round India she
chants omkar.

Her unrippled surface
reflecting doubles you.
In her rocky shores
her surf does bubble you.

On mountaintop slowly
crumbles
millenial temple to Poseidon
while the deity below
on everblue waves is riding.

Snows at sea fall quiet flaked
melting designs merge into One
Frozen demon meeting Lord
Iceberg melts in liquid love

Turning rocks to rookeries
Gently carving rocky caves
Sculpting scallop shelters
These watermarks she gave.

She the master of humility
She the mother of all rain
She is the eternal Main
off the rocky coast of Maine

Excitement at the first sight
of friendSHIP on the ecstaSEA
and the soulfilling first smell.....
remembered past infinity

Redundancy of rain at sea
her power's U-turned showers
where the saintly little drop
becomes one with all God's power

Attracts one and everyone
out of fragments.. alchemized whole
always full YET EVER GIVES
ORIGIN OF ALL THAT LIVE

ROCKING CRADLE OF THE WORLD
SUNSET STAIRWAY TO THE STARS
ONLY BY GREAT MASTERS TROD
ONLY WRITTEN ON BY GOD

43

Dedicated to D and P Wilson

Footnote:
Ambrosia: the nectar of immortality
Anantarup: God whose form is infinity or infinite varieties
of form
Arjun's veil reference to the hero of the Bhagavad Gita
who hid in a harem for a year at God's direction as he prepared to fight a war.
Avatar: God the Father coming to earth Himself
Ekanath: God whose form is everywhere one
Hara is the 3rd person of the Hindu trinity or Shiva
Linga or Ling: An orb which contains the gate between form and formless
Um: One of many words for the yin energy of the 3rd person of the Hindu trinity
Mouni: Sanskrit for silent sadhu: spiritual disciple
Neelakanta: Shiva in his aspect of drinking the karmic poison of the world. The poison makes His throat blue. Neela blue.. Kanta throated
Padnamaskar: touching the feet of the guru
Premsagar: Prem Love Sagar Sea
Rajas: Sanskrit for passionate action
Sagara: Sanskrit for ocean Sagaradhar: God as holder of the Sea
Sai Baba is the origin of the statements that the ocean
is always sweeping twigs to shore and that she is
always chanting Om
Sannyasi: a monk who renounces family, possessions, home
and all desire motivated action
Sattva: Sanskrit for goodness
Stella Mare: Star of the Sea
Surya: Sanskrit for the sun
Varunishwar: Sanskrit for God in aspect of Lord of The Seas
Author notes

written in the early 80's in Takoma Park, Maryland

THE MIGHTIEST RIVERS

The mightiest rivers
begin as a pooling of dew,
a melting of snowflakes,
a gathering of raindrops
which grace the grass
as they begin
their majestic march.
Down the mountain
and past the marsh
they flow to the sea.

MANY TONGUED WATER

revised

Water
is silent in ice
In baby clouds
it says not a word
nor in the great Amazon
as its power into the sea flows.
It begins
in lakes to murmur.
In rocky
creeks as it stumbles
over sharp stones in joy
it sings.
In ocean storms
its cymbals crash
over rocks.
In raindrops it
tapdances on the roof.
Over waterfalls
with constant drums
it pours
and in the Falls of Niagara
it constantly roars.

FULL MOON HIGH TIDE

As the full moon high tide
in quiet inslides
it dips into rocky pools
dropping its shiny
shell jewels


SEAMSTRESS OF THE SEA

Everspinning
seaweed seamstress
Neptune's trident-
tangling seamistress



IT SNOWS AT SEA

It Snows At Sea
Quiet Falls
*

in flakes
*

Melting designs

leave form*

for All.

(to J Denholm and D Shriver)

MAVOORNING

Out of the sea
the sun aborning
with his awesome
light of morning
Not adorned
but all adorning
says to you
'Come!
My Mavoorning! '

(to Ethel Lynch)

WATER HELD THE QUILL

Faster than any stylus squiggling
Can write the sun in the water wiggling
But when the sea is perfectly still
it appears it was water which held
the quill.

(to author, artist, vegan raw food
practitioner Mark Braunstein.. who is also
a decriminalization of marijuana
activist)

DUNE GRASS BRUSHES

From the shore.. one looks
upward to the sanddune grass..
10,000
green brushes attempting
where they laid
to paint the blue sky
jade

HURRICANE KATE

Hurricane Kate
forced proud palms
to padnamasakar
the humble ocean

Because she the sea
everywhere has feet
it's not hard for them
to show their devotion

(to EKB)

COCONUT PITCHER

The full moon poured
pitcher after pitcher
of coconut milk
into the sea..
and the sea...
she silvered it all.

(to Ruth Zais Thomas, lifelong
teacher of peace, a silent devoted
caregiver to her husband for 40 years)

SEA PITCHER

I gave them a pitcher.
With it they gave me the sea.

(to C Lassell and D Nixon)

FOAM LACE TABLE CLOTH

Mother Earth set daisy tables that
upon them bees might sit.

Mother Earth
set buttercups
that from them
bees sip sunup

Mother Sea.. threw a foamlace
tablecloth over the flat rock
in the bay..
that her fishies might dine..
and when they were finished
she slid it off and sudsed the
rock clean with her surf.

(to Betsy Frost)


SEAS OF PEACE

The tides of the seas
do wane and cease
.. but the waves of the sea
have no surcease
.. Yet these restless waves
do give us peace
.. most on her shores healed
by her perfect peace


PEACEMAKERS

At times they crash upon the shore
.. sometimes they gently lap
sometimes.. they roll
sometimes they scroll
these waves.. these peacebreakers
.. never breaking the peace..
these peacemakers

FOUR NATIONS

In poisonous prussic acid they
dipped
their lethal harpoon tips

and Norway's Svend Foyn
developed a gun torpedo
.. a karmic tornado
to slay whales with mechanical
harpoons
in calm or in typhoons

(to the people of Japan, Norway,
Iceland and the US.. please stop
this ancient barbarism as the last
nations to slay whales.. the US
Govt is allowing Inuit to slaughter whales))




OCEAN CROWN

Change do landscapes
but the seascape..
one cannot look at her surface
and know if it is 2003 BC or 2000 AD

Neath the wingweave
of gulls..

they tossed a wreath upon her
to give her a crown
How absurd.. this tiny little
crown.. upon her infinite
immensity

.. but she is not interested
in honors from earth..
and she swept it to the shore

NEPTUNE AND THE MOON

The full moon
is a
mate of Neptune
Into the silent
mirroring sea
was thrown a stone
which shattered her face
but calm was restored
and the healed icon
was ensconced
once again in her
watery throne...

He did her array
in azure seaspray
.. and fashioned
a necklace
which heightened her
rays
as he let no drop
go astray

ARRIVE SHE SHALL

Beyond shallows
where
conch has left
his shelter
for a less confining shell
Past sunslivers
quivering
in waves' gentle swell
Away from softly
lappin tidalpools'
diurnal upwell
Daily to her quiet
seasoul
for a contemplative spell
.. come she shall


3 WAVE STEPS


3 tiers
of waves
.. each of them
starred by the
diamond sun
3 rings
.. a triple crown
.. for the horse
as she entered the sea

SAILS

The gale
seldom assails
in freeing
boat sails
beyond the
shore's rocky
mail

UNATTACHED SEA

The sea holds on
to nothing...
sending broken ships
to her earthy floor
.. sweeping driftwood
to her shore
..and lifting her
own essence to the
evaporating Sun
she adores


DEATH AT SEA

In 13th Century Messina's harbor,
French sailors drowned,
their invading sails
set afire by arrows.

In World War I,
thousands of sailors
in just 1 of many battles
drowned in the icy
Atlantic.

Off the coast of Connemara,
yet another of hundreds of
thousands of fishing boats
goes down
as men drown.13th C

SEA CURRENTS

Sad was the Sea of Being
that she was not a river of doing
so God gave her currents
as Night was dewing.
While the woodpecker
wooed the woods with his whittling
she carved caves.

THE AEGEAN SEA

Hercules sent a river
through the stables Augean.
Was the horse manure
then purified
in blue waters Aegean?

GIFT TO THE SEA

Rivers and rains give
to replenish the sea.
As they give living waters
so they receive.

The gardener gives water
today to fruit trees
Branches in turn give
gifts from their trees.

CHANGELING SEA

At its shores
it's a changeling sea.
In its depths it lives
in serenity

SEA DARSHAN

The sight of the sky
and the sea!
No green to block
the blue sky..
an empty
easel waiting!
Bystanders flow into
her ancient rhythmic
harmony... only
the waves kissing
the shore... only
the gulls crying
.. only the smell
of her salt water

AMBER WAVES OF OIL

Amber waves of oil
made seas and birds boil


LITERAL COVERUP

a coverup literal
of sands littoral

Submitted: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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