Emmanuel George Cefai

Gold Star - 35,773 Points (12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

The Short Path

Poem by Emmanuel George Cefai

The short path
To the sea

Hewn in the rock
And
Slippery

White rocks hideous
Heights
Around

Below the pitch black
Of depth of
The sea

Ah! how
That sea rages in nights
Rare
Of spell and gales

Then spumes abound
But then
No sea gulls fly

Night has its world
No less than day
No less.

Topic(s) of this poem: night


Comments about The Short Path by Emmanuel George Cefai

  • Narayanan Kutty PozhathNarayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/29/2018 9:20:00 PM)

    A beautiful narration of the path to sea.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammad TaffazulMohammad Taffazul (5/29/2016 11:49:00 AM)

    Ah awesome, my favourite lines.........night has it's world no less than day no less(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (9/8/2014 3:08:00 AM)

    This is a brilliant poem of observation and description. Its details are razor sharp and precise, it's an EYE OF THE BEHOLDER closeness that makes the peril of the sea at night palpable. I think you were wise not to add any reflection in your speaker's voice. Fear of slipping into the dark waters, of drowning, was already troubling my reading.(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (9/6/2014 8:36:00 AM)

    NIGHT HAS ITS WORLD / NO LESS THAN DAY / NO LESS Those closing lines express what I was saying in responding to the experience of night, not as the time of sleep and withdrawal, but rather as a time of engagement with the night. Rilke in his SPANISH TRILOGY expresses this rapport with his intimate eloquence AT NIGHT A MAN STANDS UP, THE DISTANT CALL OF BIRDS ALREADY DEEP INSIDE HIM, AND FEELS BOLD BECAUSE HE HAS TAKEN ALL THE GALAXIES INTO HIS FACE. Both of us feel the truth of this night vision!(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (9/6/2014 8:36:00 AM)

    NIGHT HAS ITS WORLD / NO LESS THAN DAY / NO LESS Those closing lines express what I was saying in responding to the experience of night, not as the time of sleep and withdrawal, but rather as a time of engagement with the night. Rilke in his SPANISH TRILOGY expresses this rapport with his intimate eloquence AT NIGHT A MAN STANDS UP, THE DISTANT CALL OF BIRDS ALREADY DEEP INSIDE HIM, AND FEELS BOLD BECAUSE HE HAS TAKEN ALL THE GALAXIES INTO HIS FACE. Both of us feel the truth of this night vision!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 29, 2014