John Reed

(1887-1920 / the United States)

Love At Sea - Poem by John Reed

Wind smothers the snarling of the great ships,
And the serene gulls are stronger than turbines;
Mile upon mile the hiss of a stumbling wave breaks unbroken—
Yet stronger is the power of your lips for my lips.

This cool green liquid death shall toss us living
Higher than high heaven and deeper than sighs—
But O the abrupt, stiff, sloping, resistless foam
Shall not forbid our taking and our giving!

Life wrenched from its roots-What wretchedness!
What waving of lost tentacles like blind sea-things!
Even the still ooze beneath is quick and profound—
I am less and more than I was, you are more and less.

I cried upon God last night, and God was not where I cried;
He was slipping and balancing on the thoughtless shifting planes of sea.
Careless and cruel, he will unchain the appalling sea-gray engines—
But the speech of your body to my body will not be denied!


Comments about Love At Sea by John Reed

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/22/2016 10:43:00 PM)

    Simply superb poem and imagination on which it is based. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report)Reply

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  • Neptune BarmanNeptune Barman (10/22/2016 9:50:00 PM)

    very nice imagination in the poem (Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/22/2016 5:46:00 PM)

    Gulp! Yes, indeed, that was quite sensuous! (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (10/22/2016 4:01:00 PM)

    Sensuous, romantic, powerful.....like the sea. (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/22/2016 12:16:00 PM)

    A poem with full of energy and imagery, The existence of Almighty is written in a philosophical way (Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (10/22/2016 6:09:00 AM)

    I cried upon God last night, and God was not where I cried; .................much..............much....................much! Art is there, where laboring for art is less (sometimes it's truth, perhaps) ! .............. Excellent. (Report)Reply

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (10/22/2016 5:30:00 AM)

    Very profound heartfelt poetry..... (Report)Reply

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  • Warden VukeyaWarden Vukeya (10/22/2016 3:51:00 AM)

    mmh! nice poem, I also like the introduction. so intense (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/22/2016 1:57:00 AM)

    Stronger than turbines! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010



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