Seamus O' Brian

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Brooding - Poem by Seamus O' Brian

A brooding thunderstorm darkens
Ominously my intended horizon,
Smothering the presumption of a
Setting sun with long, dark arms of
Cloud that humidly encircle my world.

Yet golden strands of luminosity edge
The darker masses beneath, speaking
A silent promise of light beyond the dark
To sea oats swaying with some concern
In the breeze of the oncoming storm.

Darting sand finches chase—then flee—
The waves, oblivious to the dark,
Encircling arms, but oh, so mindful of
The menacing wavelets. Legs ablur
With sand finch speed, yet in their
Utmost haste, pausing for the briefest
Moment, spying something in the
Receding waves—something only a
Sand finch might spy and find appealing—
To spear it, and hasten on.

A pelican interrupts his imitation
Of graceful flight by tipping over
His awkward mass and crashes
Headlong into the waves below;

As the final fishing boat picks its way
Home, treading carefully on the
Burgeoning waves, grumpily aroused
From their slackening pace by the
Approaching storm.

I stretch my legs and turn to face
The coming night.

Comments about Brooding by Seamus O' Brian

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/14/2017 10:00:00 AM)

    The coming night! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Kathy Van Kurin (12/13/2016 9:11:00 PM)

    Seamus O'Brian,
    Well here I am visiting and trying out your page. I found your visit to the seashore and it's inhabitants delightful! Sand finch. I've not heard called that before. I wonder if they are the same as sand pipers. Anyway. I loved how you brought anyone reading right along with you in your impressions and experience. The sea is so wild and wonderful and it's birds are intricate and wonderful too. thanks for sharing your personal highlights. It was great. Blessings to you. kathy
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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