Treasure Island

Valsa George

Twin Faces

I am on the sea
Its wild waters surround me
And the thundering waves
Rant and rave around me
I see the leviathan
Screaming at me
Charging feral
Like an enraged beast
It snarls at me
It howls and yells
In its deadening roar
In its pouncing gait
In its sweeping rush
In its pounding thud
I hear the wail of a banshee
Announcing death
I become so small
I become so powerless
A helpless doe
Before a mighty foe

At another time
The sea lies quiet like a babe
Its violent tantrums lulled to sleep
Its bosom heaving in peaceful slumber
Then I see the gulls in the air
I hear them squeal
I feel the waves over the sand
Lapping around my feet
I listen to their murmur and shout
I glance at dolphins over the surf
I watch them dance
I behold ships over the waters
I see them glide
I hear the night air sing
I feel the spray of water
And sense its coolness
I notice seashells
Half buried under the sand
I pick one from the strand
To tie it around my neck
As an amulet
With the ceaseless whisper of waves
And the sea’s undying commotion
Shut and encased within!

Submitted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Edited: Monday, February 24, 2014

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  • Bri Edwards (3/16/2014 4:03:00 PM)

    valsa, i could have accepted this simply as a poem about nature, but i think i might have had a tiny clue as to your purpose in writing it, BEFORE I READ the comment by Md Asadullah (and your answer to his/her comment) . either way, i like it a lot. Dinesh Nair puts an interesting slant on it. i see that several others picked up on the human dimensions to this poem. i'm glad you ended with the calm portion. thanks for sharing. :) bri

    my favorite lines:

    At another time
    The sea lies quiet like a babe
    Its violent tantrums lulled to sleep
    Its bosom heaving in peaceful slumber (Report) Reply

  • Mervyn Graham (3/11/2014 5:29:00 AM)

    What can I say thats not been said before... lets see... extraordinary, sublime I think fits. (Report) Reply

  • Md Asadullah (3/3/2014 5:29:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for your beautiful comment on my comment, it is always a pleasure to visit your page, I am happy that I have deciphered the message correctly, You are really an inspiration, wish you best of luck, keep smiling, keep writing :) (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (3/2/2014 11:30:00 PM)

    Dear Asadullah... I am so happy that you have come up with the right interpretation of my poem! The sea is a metaphor for life. Sometimes we hear only the deadening roar... Sometimes life appears so calm and peaceful that we are able to see its many faceted beauty....! The amulet is a precaution to ward off all evil from life! Thank you so much ! (Report) Reply

  • Md Asadullah (3/2/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    Different individuals perceive same message differently, as per my perception here I can see that you are talking about life which you have likened to sea, the two parts of poem describe the ups and downs of life a human goes through. You are excellent in portraying minute details and this poem is no exception, loved this one, thanks for sharing :) (Report) Reply

  • Soulful Heart (2/27/2014 3:49:00 AM)

    The two sides of nature portrayed so well.....a sea that lets boats n ships glide and yet hides within a fury that can swallow the titanic......twin faces indeed..but so is human nature...a most docile one can turn a hound if rubbed on d wrong side isn't it? (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (2/26/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    That`s nature and that`s natural.
    The ebbs and tides and a million human beings wondering again and again!
    The waves have to be like a raging woman
    And the calm phase is like her smile
    And it is the man who has to feel both...

    A fine portrait of the two faces not painted much.
    I am giving a 10 for this poem Valsa madam (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (2/26/2014 1:44:00 AM)

    hello, dear Valsaji
    Glad to see your varied emotional dimensions reflected on the ocean moods. wonderful, as always. Clubbing together, rather weaving both together would have been a different experience and poetic possibility too. A very humble suggestion based on a wild thought. God Bless. (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (2/25/2014 10:41:00 AM)

    This universe a mystery
    This Nature a mystery
    This life a mystery
    And at the fascinating aspects of mystery
    I wonder and faint......Valsa........
    By whose order
    At times it is getting furious
    And at times it is calm.........Do the Gods ordain.....I question......very nicely composed....I loved it... (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (2/25/2014 6:48:00 AM)

    As an indian im fascinatd to know where u can see dolphins in India, so i can mark it for homeland tour for next time. I say your imagination with wave forms does wonders here. There is sth forbidding and formidable about seas and oceans as yor fantastic poem shows. Warmest regards. (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (2/24/2014 9:28:00 PM)

    I love some of the characters you use in this poems as others being the leviathan, behemoth, banshee they all echo something dark, ominous and archaic. Parts of nature or even within ones psyche maybe? I don't know but I love how you use them in your poems. Nicely done =)

    Keep Poetry Alive!
    Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (2/24/2014 3:01:00 PM)

    The rage of the sea and its inviting calmness are so wonderfully described. Blessed are those who are close to sea. They see all aspects of sea. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (2/24/2014 9:50:00 AM)

    Excellent poem. This duality of sea reflects in life everywhere. Reading your poetry I stay surrounded with serene side of sea. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/24/2014 7:39:00 AM)

    A Wonderful poem Valsa. Beautiful way you have depicted twin faces of the sea. These faces are hidden in each ones life. Mostly only one face reflects at a time, while the other face remain hidden. Loved reading each lines. (Report) Reply

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (2/24/2014 2:35:00 AM)

    excellent imagery you use here Valsa to show the dual faces of the sea, much like our desires too, one violent in manifestation and the other serene, often quiet and hidden.
    great work, poet. (Report) Reply

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