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Thirteen Ways To Look At Water

©Sharon Rose


Always unseen oceans,
existence stirs waters
with infinite horizons.


I am many thoughts,
Air stream sprays water,
akin tides flood.


You sail on the sea,
see the sun reflect off water,
sea-life frolics, round and round
the sailboat.


A captain and first mate,
must flow as one team.


Adjusting sails, will
become wings,
which glide
all directions.


Seas are open roads,
no curbing guides.
Freeways of blue,
dots of wildlife, splash,
swim up aside.


The three sea nymphs;
Seirenes, ‘Sirens’
lure sailors one way onto islands.
This time; blocked by Poet Orpheus,
no bewitching music heard.
Sail away, sail away they do!


Water is a cleansing sea.
Shining; splashes, blue shadows,
jump. Oh the dolphins! Sirens,
maybe I cannot know!


Only waves are seen for a moment.
The dolphins swim away from view.
Water turns to smooth glass.

©Sharon Rose


Flying over the water, white birds
turn to gold in afternoon setting sun.


On return to port, the reflections
on smooth glass, between grasses
are puddles of tangerines with
imperial purples, breathless beauty!


Tides moving intercoastal waterways
moving to docks for the evening.

©Sharon Rose


Sunset is done; with darkness
fallen, firework’s flare burst in the air!
The light show, beside the
Cooper Bridge in marvelous rainbows.
Waters all return to glass.

Sharon Rose Thomas ©2011

Citation:THE SEIRENES (or Sirens) were three sea nymphs
who lured sailors to their death with a bewitching song.

All photos by Sharon Rose Thomas 2011

  1. October 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

    The last line…Ethereal!
    I loved these watery visions.


  2. October 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Interesting metaphor, the dolphins as sirens. The poem follows the pattern of its model faithfully. I have had an enjoyable visit. Thanks for it.


  3. October 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    nice…i like 4 for its wisdom and 10 for its beauty…loved your step through the wet…smiles. nicely played….


  4. October 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, these are nice! You have looked at water in so many ways. My favorites are VII and X!


  5. October 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    love that you brought the sirens in…each of the 13 stanzas could stand on its own..lovely


  6. October 15, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Your love of the ocean is clearly reflected in these 13 Ways. Lovely!


  7. October 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    this is creative.

    a thoughtful take on the prompt.
    love the imagery of each of your stanza, way to go.



  8. October 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Yeah! I’m so glad you chose Stevens. I was there on the ocean with you. I bet you could come up with another 13! Thanks for joining. Victoria


  9. October 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    i like iv. very well done.


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