South Coast Poem Sequence

SOUTH COAST POEM SEQUENCE

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I
all those times
at my parents’
seaside house
imagining girls
among the dunes
 
II
 
our
passing car,
so many bellbirds
ring out sharply
from the forest
 
III
 
white lilies
and agapanthus
beside the road:
“garden escapes”,
like us
 
IV
 
on a headland
I meet someone
who tells me
that a man with whom
I went to sea
hanged himself
on land
 
V
 
rushing up the beach,
every wave insists
that the sea has gleamed
turquoise for aeons
just like the gemstones
 
VI
 
salt water flows
off the rocks awash
after every wave,
trickling down
in brief waterfalls
 
VII
 
after the storm
we stride through
waves full
of floating wrecks
of seaweed
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(Julian O’Dea)
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