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message in the sand

his fingers have a memory of their own
tenderly caressing the damp sand
into the image of her
each gentle stroke a detail makes
of hair, of face
of slender curves, of delicate grace
it takes all day
when he is done
he sits beside her and he waits
waits till the sun takes away the day
waits for the sea to take her away
waits as the waves creep in and out
timidly at first before they surge
and carry her away with them
he knows he’s mad, he knows he’s lost
the loss of her was loss of him
all he can do, day after day
is hope the sea will understand
the message he leaves in the sand
will take his offering and in return
bring her back, alive, to him

SandWing by Sergei Rukavishnikov

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I write stories. Sometimes I take photos.
The photos of me were taken by Ron Co
The art is by Sergei Rukavishnikov
I’m Australian, and I thank Muds for that.

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  • TheCandle
    TheCandle7 months ago

    Just beautiful Alenka Co. With that core of sadness that is essential to our life – our mortality.

    Ernie

  • How nice to find your comment here, Ernie :) This is one of my favourites and I have Sergei to thank for it. His drawings inspire the stories. So glad you like it :)

    – Alenka Co

  • TheCandle
    TheCandle7 months ago

    I sometimes think that reading poetry is as creative as writing it. I think that poetry can reach beyond the writer sometimes in a way that leaves it more accessible to some part of the audience. I often feel that my poetry comes from a source that is almost a third party.

    Ernie

  • I think that so much is the reader’s own personal interpretation and so once the writing is out there it takes on a life of its own :) People see in it what they want or need to see, I think.

    – Alenka Co

  • TheCandle
    TheCandle7 months ago

    I understand Alenka

    People see what they are ready to see or need to see, often because it is the right time in their life. The next step in their growth. It is no coincidence, I assure you, that I read and enjoy this poem and that I have met you at this time. If you read my poetry, chronologically. You will see that I have been weaving time and tapestry with these ideas and that they do, indeed, bring me to this place in moment.

    Ernie

  • I do see this in your poetry, Ernie, and more. And yours is indeed poetry. And I suspect I see in your poems what I’m “ready to see or need to see” ….. I know they resonate with thoughts and feelings I have. And I too am very happy to have met you at this time :)

    – Alenka Co

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