Songs of the sea

There time lay
like a beached whale

till green moss clambered into its ears
cutting off the ocean’s song midway

till the sea was brought up short
by the sand

Silent boats
drifted into the far haze
having no lifelines to spare

Hymns died within buried conches
Starfish defleshed into frail skeletons

Crabs crept into yielding hollows
to escape the gritty persistence of sand

Life ambled on
doing what it did best

Trapped sand grains
in calcified shells
daydreamed themselves into pearls

while watching the sky
sketch another ephemeral storm.

©Reena Prasad 23rd October 2012


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