As I stood on the cliffs of the Feather-bed Reserve in South Africa gazing out to where these two massive bodies of water met, my adrenaline erupted. The exhilaration of braving and conquering my phobia for height was intensified by the sheer bliss of the natural piece of artwork seen from behind my lens. This is an artist’s paradise, I thought to myself. The treacherous pathway to the Feather-bed Lake lay ominously below as the oceans greeted each other.
The Sea Calls Me
Waves beating haste to the ebb of the flow
washed by moonlight in night’s shadow glow
With open arms sea languished bare
bathed in lovers’ glare; invited me to its lair
Locks glistening shadows of golden rays
Her shimmering coat of scales my pulse relayed
‘Come to me,’ the voice cajoled as I widely blinked;
voluptuous lines curving waist-ward I drank in
Waves met me knee deep before my head could think.
What creature screams my name and whose pale eyes blink?
Her alluring smile and cooing voice propelled me forward
at the edge of the board walk; back arches shoreward
Enraptured I tried to touch silk-cushy brown
but she, her honey coated curved wet lips dove down
her magnetic eyes drew imprint on foggy brain
I watched as silvery blue tail cut through like glossy rain
Was she in flight or was she willing me on?
my heart says yes; let go, my brain felt hollow
I cannot swim my mind in hindsight stated
In moon-dust shaking I stood my ground and waited
She screamed my name, I was sure I heard her voice
deep down below where sea-wind broke the noise
Adrift upon the plank I await her vision in vain
My wish to see my dream alive remained
For days I waited til my eyes grew dim
I dared not search as surely I couldn’t swim
my legs I willed to take me home once more
then awoke to find my love my touch ignored.
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