Poem ‘Sea Wall’

The Wash, as seen looking west from Heacham, i...

The Wash, as seen looking west from Heacham, in Norfolk, just south of Hunstanton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sea Wall

Stand and look from here,
you can see the earth’s curve,
a sea-levelled land
bereft of its mother.

Shells we have found
while the silt blew away,
powdered by droughts
and the pitiless wind.

Stand here with me
at the high spring tideโ€”
you know the stark sea
will swell all over this again

poem ยฉ copyright df barker 2012


  1. Ina · June 9, 2012

    Hi David
    the high spring tide can be so impressive, lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚ A sea-levelled land bereft ot it’s mother…
    The poem would also look great on the Poetry from the Sea blog ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. dfb · June 9, 2012

    Thank you so much Ina! By all means, if wish to include on your other blog, please go ahead, I would be honoured. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Ina · June 9, 2012

    Done ๐Ÿ™‚ it is the 50th posting there ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you very much!


  4. Pete Armetta · June 9, 2012

    Love to see that, great shot too. I have a thing about the water generally, and anywhere a little “rough” gets me going haa Great poem bud, very enjoyable on this pretty spring morning coffee time. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. jmmcdowell · June 9, 2012

    Lovely poem. I’m currently reading Elly Griffith’s “Ruth Galloway” mysteries, which are set in Norfolk. It’s nice to see what the coast, a setting she uses frequently, looks like.


  6. jane tims · June 9, 2012

    Hi. Lots of ‘s’ sounds in this poem. I like ‘stark sea’. Jane


  7. magsx2 · June 9, 2012

    The power of the sea, a great poem. ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Just A Smidgen · June 9, 2012

    So many words and phrases that touched me this morning.. I’m so glad to be back reading your poems.. xo Smidge


  9. Soma Mukherjee · June 9, 2012

    Beautiful poetry David
    reminded me of the vacation at my parents beach house..the way ocean bulges during the spring tides,frankly if on the beach it scares me a bit…from the comfort of home the ocean looks beautiful


  10. susartandfood · June 9, 2012

    Makes me homesick – love the pic


  11. claudia · June 9, 2012

    i love the tides..big north sea fan…and you capture so much here…deep…a sea-levelled land
    bereft of its mother… i like..


  12. Victoria C. Slotto · June 9, 2012

    This is so beautiful, David…it brought to mind many and experience from years ago. Touching final stanza. Your comment on my alien poem gave me a good laugh.


  13. Zellie M. Quinn · June 10, 2012

    A BEAUTIFUL poem! And nice picture to go with it. I love poems about the sea and wind…


  14. dfb · June 10, 2012



  15. dfb · June 10, 2012

    Thank you very much Victoria!


  16. dfb · June 10, 2012

    thank you Claudia!


  17. dfb · June 10, 2012

    Soma, thanks very much!


  18. dfb · June 10, 2012

    thanks very much indeed!!!


  19. Betty Hayes Albright · June 11, 2012

    I love this, David – seems like your poetry just gets better and better, engaging all the senses!


  20. Three Well Beings · June 12, 2012

    I love to stand at the shore and stare out at the horizon imagining beyond the limits–the earth’s curve. Beautiful. Debra


  21. dfb · June 12, 2012

    Thanks very much Debra!


  22. rangewriter · June 12, 2012

    sea-leveled land, bereft of it’s mother. Wow!


  23. lscotthoughts · June 16, 2012

    Such beautiful imagery and sounds here, David, and your photo is lovely, too…this takes me back to when we rented a beach house when the kids were little. Tranquility abounds by the ocean, doesn’t it? Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  24. bardessdmdenton · June 17, 2012

    You took me there, David, on the soft waves of your words. This is among my favorites of yours!


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