James Reeves

The Sea - Poem by James Reeves


The sea is a hungry dog,
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws
Hour upon hour he gnaws
The rumbling, tumbling stones,
And 'Bones, bones, bones, bones! '
The giant sea-dog moans,
Licking his greasy paws.

And when the night wind roars
And the moon rocks in the stormy cloud,
He bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs,
Shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,
And howls and hollos long and loud.

But on quiet days in May or June,
When even the grasses on the dune
Play no more their reedy tune,
With his head between his paws
He lies on the sandy shores,
So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores.

Comments about The Sea by James Reeves

  • (5/23/2016 10:41:00 PM)

    who are these guys commenting, its call art and that does not mean your appreciation is must needed. its like loving your sweetheart where some may say she is ugly as hell. will you stop loving her? .... (Report) Reply

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  • (3/2/2016 5:44:00 PM)

    stop criticising this its called ART (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2016 1:04:00 PM)

    life death people knowledge blue curtains
    Bam im now a poet biatch
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  • (7/22/2015 10:55:00 PM)

    I Hate Poems
    I try to write a poem,
    but poems are too hard
    Rhyming is for losers
    and airy-fairy bards

    To put a pen to paper
    and write about your life
    I've had enough of all of those,
    they only cause me strife

    Free-verse script is awful,
    for fools without a beat
    Repetition's far too simple
    just repeat, repeat, REPEAT

    Those lovey-dovey ode-things,
    that wishy-washy crap
    And poems about hatred,
    you all deserve a slap

    Spare me all your ramblings,
    I don't care how you feel
    Your self-expression surely stinks
    of mouldy day-old eel

    To tell a tale of wonder
    never ceases to be trite
    To sing of magic wonders
    is nothing but pure shite

    Your metaphors are useless,
    your imagery is vile
    Your sense of diction makes me gag,
    I cannot stand your style

    So save me your quotations,
    please spare me all your rhyme
    Shove that poem up your rear
    and cease to waste my time

    I look at what I've written,
    this jumble of clichés
    Looks like I wrote a bloody poem
    so I'm the one to blame!
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2013 5:38:00 AM)

    Does anyone else think there are definite undertones of childbirth and longing in this poem? (Report) Reply

    Mic Hunt (1/19/2016 12:56:00 PM)

    yeah he was probs raped by that weird creepy nudist uncle

  • (8/12/2011 1:00:00 AM)

    The poetic techniques used by the poet is so close to us as he metopherically describe the sea to giant and grey dog that is one of our domesticated animal since ages.The dog has been so obedient to human being to protect and hunt game for us.Equally the is useful for us innumerous way since the evolution of the earth.However Sea can be so dangerous and ferocious during the inclement weather conditions bringing about a lot destruction.In the same note, The dog which is tamed and obedient the master can be ferocious to an estranger.So the compriosns made here by the poet is qiute intriguing. (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2008 1:28:00 PM)

    Report mid=5637164
    may your poetic possibilities continue. Already Reported Reply

  • (2/3/2008 12:39:00 PM)

    This poem describes and personifies the sea in detail. First it is a hungry dog and giant and grey, but then it turns out to be peaceful 'With his head between his paws'.
    It's this contrast which makes this poem so special.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 3, 2008

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