The Ocean

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The ocean remembers
be them mortal remains tied to its depths
or screams that meld with billowing waves

I can see them, their silent forms
as they haul past sins from the ocean’s bed
their lips as they shiver from cold and dread

Only a few fragments
of humanity and hope are left to be seen
as the night lets outΒ unremitting breath
The ocean remembers

 

Photo credits: Thomas Eakins

Posted for “Camera Flash” @ Real Toads

Posted on Poetry Pantry @ Poets UnitedΒ 

Comments

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Oh I can feel this… as if we were just shadows, the ocean will be there, a canvas for our brushstrokes.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  2. Mary says:

    Yes, the ocean remembers.
    So few remnants of humanity and/or hope!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Mary ❀️

  3. Sara McNulty says:

    I love the beginning line. It was a good closer as well. Who is more ancient than the ocean?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  4. Candy says:

    This is beautifully haunting!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Candy πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  5. Old Egg says:

    Poetry as dark as the picture! What sadness you have evoked in your poem. Beautifully written.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  6. Oh yes, the ocean remembers, and I love the idea of past sins being hauled from its bed.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  7. Miranda says:

    These lines hold such a deep resonance, Sanaa. The image in the second stanza is particularly effective.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Miranda πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  8. paul scribbles says:

    Interesting play with words. Could this ocean be a metaphor for our times now?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Most probably πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Paul ❀️

  9. I love the imagery in this poem, thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, John πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  10. Thotpurge says:

    screams that meld with billowing waves…. this bring to mind the refugee crisis and the boats on the Mediterranean and how we’re all just watching.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Rajani ❀️

  11. vandana says:

    So many secrets inside…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Vandana ❀️

  12. We can only hope our memory is as good as the ocean’s… and that our wisdom is as big.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Magaly ❀️

  13. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Only a few fragments
    of humanity and hope are left to be seen.

    But it is for that that we continue going forward, I guess.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Vinay ❀️

  14. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    Nature (the ocean, the rivers, the streams) remembers things that we would rather forget. How? I do not know, but like you, I know that it’s true.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, MMT πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  15. “I can see them, their silent forms
    as they haul past sins from the ocean’s bed
    their lips as they shiver from cold and dread”

    Love this!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  16. Bev says:

    A dark poem, drawn skillfully from the photo. How many “past sins” does the ocean hold? Somber and evocative writing.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  17. The ocean does remember……There is a haunting feel to this poem which I like very much.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  18. Myrna says:

    I like the eerie feel of this. It is like a doomsday prophecy. One we all fear. Good writing Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Myrna πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  19. Isadora Gruye says:

    I really liked where this prompt took you, the idea of the sea holding all these memories and terrors is a chilling one. You captured it beautifully.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Isadora πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  20. Jamztoma says:

    A lot of sins happen in the ocean and yes, the ocean remembers. Great write Sanaa! πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, James πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  21. The ocean sure has many stories to tell.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Colleen ❀️

  22. Audrey says:

    Beautiful frame on this–and you are right–the ocean does remember.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Audrey πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  23. Truedessa says:

    The ocean remembers as energy is ongoing and perhaps, the ocean strikes back a bit. Let’s hope the ocean is forgiving.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Truedessa ❀️

  24. Wendy Bourke says:

    Haunting … poignant … impactful words in a mesmerizing cadence. An awesome job on this!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  25. marja says:

    The ocean remembers.. haunting and powerful and amazing poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Marja πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  26. ZQ says:

    This was very good, Sanaa πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, ZQ πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  27. kaykuala says:

    Only a few fragments
    of humanity and hope are left to be seen

    The danger of being ignored is very real!

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Hank ❀️

  28. gillena says:

    All those secrets of history rocked in the waves of the ocean. Yes she remembers and stores them

    Thanks for droppibg by my Sunday Standard Sanaa

    MuchπŸ’–love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

      much love…

  29. Amrit Sinha says:

    Perhaps there are a lot many stories flowing through the ocean. The ocean has seen it all, and remembers them very well. Loved the imagination and your narration in this poetic piece πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Amrit πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  30. Namy says:

    This poem evokes such sadness. So few fragments of humanity and hope left.. so true..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Namy πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  31. Brendan says:

    “the ocean remembers” is a startling idea — not new but always it nudges us, clarifying our intelligence with its greater dark totality. Night and sleep and dream subsume us, and we crawl forth at dawn reduced to walking feet and counting words. Loved it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Brendan πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  32. Great line / great refrain: ‘The ocean remembers’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Marian πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

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