Eddie Roa

(June 22,1942 / Manila. Philippines)

Sea Change

Do you have a sea within you
Where awesome barnacled monsters
And fragile fish in shiny crimson vests
Scatter in the sea grass as they meet

A swarm of wrasse streaming through
Like muted skylarks chasing wind
On a swathe of gaudy pink corals and
Upon fields of somber olive kelp

Oh what a powerful will lie in wait
In the calm waters of the deep
Only the undulation of the sea grass
Give hint to the burgeoning force

Oft times, restless waves with billowing roar
Swell up to heave foamy white crests
To crash against the stolid gray cliffs
Challenging steadfast promontories

But the land will always frustrate the dare
The sea falls back deeper into its abysmal depths
Then, gathering strength, it rises again
Rallying waves to get back at a startled shore

Submitted: Friday, February 20, 2009
Edited: Monday, May 03, 2010

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  • Abraham de La Torrre (2/24/2009 6:59:00 PM)

    You're an essential nature-watcher and a particular sea-lover, Ed. You exhale the world's estuaries and what wonders they emit. Can't find fault with this one. Bravo! (Report) Reply

  • Lynda Robson (2/23/2009 4:57:00 AM)

    Yes I see the contrast in this, we are like a stormy sea sometimes, the waves crashing and us not seeing things as we should, excellent write,
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

  • Greenwolfe 1962 (2/20/2009 4:41:00 PM)

    I go back to the question at the beginning of the piece. 'Do you have a sea within you? ' Well, obviously not as described here. This raises the question though.
    How do you construct a poem. A question raised should be answered in that
    context. Which it was not. This causes a problem in the sense of the expectation of the reader. Just a point that must be made.

    GW62 (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (2/20/2009 7:41:00 AM)

    An awesome use of imagery and metaphor. The peace that passes all understanding
    carries the day. Very profound.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Fay Slimm (2/20/2009 4:13:00 AM)

    This is a profound piece Eddie - and shows how restless waves crash into all our lives from time to time but the positive thought left with the reader is that the depths we all have of inner calm can be plumbed and give the deep peace needed - - this is going with me into my favourites and thank you..... Fay. (Report) Reply

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