tidal sweep

we waved to the people at the jetty
who saw us maybe as tourists
without a story,

and hands clung to to rails
as the day bore the tidal swell

there was enough daylight left
to say goodbye.

among the photographs
the eyes searching detail

of colour, how the world incoming
moves into the future tense

there was enough air left
to say goodbye.

our voices were taken
for that moment
when amidst the rising wind
we saw you fly

as perfect as a butterfly

we saw the daylight die.
so as we turned towards the shore
amongst the things we shared , we saw

there was always daylight left
to say goodbye.

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this was inspired by this photo sherry at first i just saw the image and really loved it, but then when i read the description it took on a different feel altogether and moved me greatly.


  • sandra .
    sandra .almost 4 years ago

    UB….I like the way this is formatted, a spoken word and then a thought, lovely
    Your last two lines just do it for me…quite beautiful

  • many thanks sandra, really pleased.

    – uncleblack

  • Camelia
    Cameliaalmost 4 years ago

    You tidal sweeped me with this beauty,enjoyed and tnks for the visit.Camelia

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 4 years ago

    OH MY GOSH, that is exquisite! So very very beautifully written – you expressed it in such a pure way!

  • im so glad that you liked it. thank you for sharing the photo..

    – uncleblack

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77almost 4 years ago

    This is very touching!

  • much appreciated shiva, thank you

    – uncleblack

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuseralmost 4 years ago

    Great piece!

  • many thanks!

    – uncleblack

  • Chris1249
    Chris1249almost 4 years ago

    There is in that time of day a sort of quiet melancholy that almost stops the dipping sun for a moment in the murk. You have caught that slowing exactly

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    sp deeply moving lk :)

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