Sunday, February 17, 2013


image borrowed from bing


“One should lie empty, open, choice-less as a beach--
waiting for a gift from the sea.” --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

His most cherished
moment, after banishment from fog,
bathed in golden

afternoon sunshine was
watching her strolling along the
neck of that

black beach, still
slick with the wondrous wetness
of outgoing tide;

silhouetted tiny against
the girth of the nearest
largest sea stack,

at the base
of a tall rock, where
a lone fisherman

stood like a
cardboard cut-out, grasping his
big saltwater pole,

with the sunlight
dancing around him on waves,
rippled by wind.

She stood poised,
as she considered dashing between
the receding waters,

and then decided
against it, quicksilver frozen in
a blue tableau,

perched like a
white heron stilted on driftwood logs,
before taking flight,

as he finally
understood her love for the
sea, the forces

that pulled her
from the city regularly, letting
her run free

on ocean beaches,
wandering, meditating, wading, waiting to
salute the sunset.

Glenn Buttkus

February 2013.

This Collum Lune posted over on dVerse Poets OLN

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Natasha Head said...

Oh...this is just fantastic Poet! And fits the form so beach, still slick with the wondrous wetness
of outgoing tide...your imagery is perfect...says the girl who hears the call all too often...LOVED this one! Might have to call new favorite.

Wyeth Bailey said...

So lovely. Just so lovely. I can almost feel the fog on my skin. I appreciated the subtle (and not so subtle) sexuality as well. Very, very well done, sir.

Brian Miller said...

i felt a bit of her anticipation standing there ready to dash in...i understand the pull to the ocean...and what it has to give that can not be found anywhere else...nicely done to form as well sir...

TALON said...

Such a sensory journey! This was beautiful...and I envied her, her freedom.

scotthastiepoet said...

A strong piece of work - confidently expressed and well fashioned, with plenty of nuance also - interesting stuff... Will be back for more... Regards Scott

Paul Bauck said...

I love it!

Gretchen Leary said...

Gorgeous imagery used here.

Anna Montgomery said...

Pure poetry.

Stan Ski said...

I wanna go to the beach and see the sunset...

Anonymous said...

Lovely flow and rhythm to this Glenn - and the lune form is reminiscent of ocean waves and so complements the subject matter.

lucychili said...

alliterative and flowing
great imagery

Frank Watson said...

Beautiful poem, Glenn! You do the three-line stanza and compressed image really well.