Laura Sewell

With Arms Outstretched - Poem by Laura Sewell

arms outstreched
and crowned with wisps
of seaweed hair she floats, eyes closed
in a world of perfect silence
that is loud enough
to hear
a kaleidoscope
a shimmering, elusive glimmer
dances across the bottom, the reflection
of a white hot sun that fails
to reach beyond
the blue
she dives spins glides
in effortless infinite motion
bubbles trailing like round diamonds
in a perfect sapphire sea
surging forward
pearly sheened
each a tiny peacock's feather
with ridges guilded gold with care
fins, flimsy pink and sheer
drape like silk
the quietness is broken
the bubble bursts and she is gone
the mermaid is lost, the solitude forgotten
replaced by a girl with nothing to
do on a summer's day
but dream

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  • Daniel Brick (3/16/2017 10:18:00 AM)

    I LOVE THIS POEM! ! I love many poems and this is one of therm, After I read it first silently, I read it out loud, thereby paralleling the poem itself which occurs in silence until the very end. You deftly handle the two levels of imagined reality and actual reality. For most of the poem I was watching a real mermaid live and enjoy her self-contained, perfect solitude without any interfering shadows or desires. Your vibrant imagery made this world delightfully convincing. I surrendered completely to its sweet illusion. I would have stayed there happily submerged in an alien paradise but you gently pulled the curtain over its allure and revealed the real world - also wonderful - of a young woman whose vivid imagination had animated mine.
    My gratitude to both young women and to the poet Laura who created this beautiful fantasy of escape and discovery
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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