Anthony Burge

(16/06/1962 / Australia)

Celestial Sea


The tilted crescent of a milk blue moon lolls in a salmon sky

Perched amongst the night shade clouds on weighted axis lies

The air is thick with moisture tropical mist masks edges fine

Detail hazed of sharpness blurred fade into shaded lines

Salt licked sand coursed on blue beach scratched against my limbs

Hard to tell where sea meets sky as through fogged air I swim

I stroke across the purple night sky silver clouds in my moonlit wake

Inhale warm golden yellow stars and exhaled thirsts glittering slaked

I plough through celestial ink stained sea as I tack toward the moon

The night skies current is strong and dark in swirling mists I swoon

Awaken awash on a moonlit shore embraced by the salty sea

I sit up and cough out falling stars and to the sky they flee

Half here half there I rest my head on lace works bubbling foam

And let myself drift off to sleep to dream me back to home

Breathing deep I slip to sleep comforted in her embrace

Celestial sea I lie with thee and sink without a trace

Submitted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Another saltwater meditation, came to me whilst lying on my back on the white sands of a Arnhem Land beach. My journey began with me floating into the ink black night sky/sea whilst breathing in the moist night air.

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