Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,400 Points (25th March 1943)

Oh Sea - Poem by Ernestine Northover

Oh Sea, why do you deliberately pound the rocks along the bay,
Sending showers of white foam up, in a cascade of spray,
Can you not cease your travels, churning incessantly,
Surging back and forth, always longing to be free.

Oh Sea, why do you keep hold of such impatience, in your hands,
Forever turning restless, racing for the sands,
Then teetering up the shingle, and rushing back again,
Shifting shells and pebbles, and layers of sandy grain.

Oh Sea, why draw it all towards you, like some almighty tongue,
Devouring it in mouthfuls, then spewing it among
The coves, caves and crevices, which are found along the cliffs,
Dispersing all the creatures, living in the rifts.

Oh Sea, you are gigantic, so powerful and so wild,
And yet at times you're gentle, just like a little child,
You command our admiration, your vastness is immense,
But you are so unpredictable, your energy intense.

Oh Sea, you are the great expanse, of the oceans of the world,
We treat you with respect, when your anger is unfurled,
Your boundless depths are fathomless, holding secrets still,
Your waters are so mecurial, subject to your will.

Oh Sea, It is a pleasure when your tides flow, to and fro,
To sit and watch the sunsets, over waters all aglow,
To know your restless feelings, to accept your endless task,
And yet to try and understand, what you keep behind your mask

Oh Sea, who owns the tranquil blues and greens, and violets too,
That in your watery world to us, gives such a wondrous view,
We know your unleashed mighty force, the course you have to take,
The storms, the squalls, the hurricanes, these terrors make us quake.

Oh Sea, we know of other words like tranquil, calm and still,
Times when you are peaceful, with no need to thrill,
Contrasts are your constant plan, your order of the day,
And admiring you, we would not have you, any other way.


Comments about Oh Sea by Ernestine Northover

  • Andrew Blakemore (12/21/2008 2:13:00 PM)


    Wonderful work Ernestine, a marvellous poem about the power of the sea. You create such beautiful pictures with your words. Best wishes, Andrew xxx (Report) Reply

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  • (4/11/2006 3:51:00 PM)


    It's high tide someone wrote a poem this beautiful about the sea. Nicely done. - chuck (Report) Reply

  • (3/22/2006 2:12:00 PM)


    Your poem is majestic like the sea it describes. Love from Susie. (Report) Reply

  • (3/21/2006 1:51:00 PM)


    To realise how closely we are connected to nature and then a sense of peace at the end of this, make it such a worthwhile poem.Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2005 5:13:00 PM)


    This is a splendid hymn to the sea which celebrates its constantly changing moods and power. Good poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 1, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 20, 2010


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