Poem: ‘Turning’


Is there a point where the tide
a moment that I could see, or touch?
I’ve been looking
at tables giving times, exact
minutes of apogee, and it was
just here I’m sure,
right here,
where I pointed
and watched
and saw nothing, except
the foam stretch ahead of me
like phantom silk, all
along the buff triassic sand, as far
as I could see or walk.
“That’s where the waves
stop,” you said, “where the tide
turns back to the sea – and me.”

image and poem © copyright David F. Barker



  1. The Course of Our Seasons · March 30, 2013

    So beautiful, David – painting and poem! K


  2. dfb · March 30, 2013

    Thank you so much! You are very kind.


  3. journeyintopoetry · March 30, 2013

    Oh this is fabulous.

    Ive missed your poems!! 🙂

    And the picture too, just lovely.


  4. Walton Andrew · March 31, 2013

    Fantastic poem, beautiful painting – very evocative.


  5. rangewriter · March 31, 2013

    You paint beautifully with both mediums, paint and words.


  6. dontchawannadream · March 31, 2013

    Love both the painting and the poem! 🙂 Happy Easter!


  7. Robert · April 1, 2013

    Lovely poem. Beautiful painting – is it for sale?


  8. Betty Hayes Albright · April 2, 2013

    David, I LOVE this beautiful poem! I too have often wondered about that exact moment when the tide turns – and sometimes you can almost feel it.
    (Glad to find myself on your blog once again – your paintings are always a delight as well as your poetry.)


  9. dfb · April 2, 2013

    Thank you Betty, I very much appreciate it. Hope spring has started where you are – it’s barely above freezing still here! 😦


  10. Chipiwa Maziva · April 3, 2013

    absolutely beautiful!


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