We Are as Mangroves

The water rises
claiming the shoreline.
A shrinking universe
expands; we
adapt.

This day,
awash in sunlight and tides,
we would give up the lungs
and grow gills…
Mammalian

we turn
primordial,
splashing and hunkering,
sheltered in the shadow
of mangroves.

Tides  turn
under the moon;  waters
recede. We are left stranded.
Learning to breathe again,
we reach for the sun.

4 comments

  1. I enjoy reading your poetry, Sarah. Here we are in the last day of April. 2018. Time moseys on as we drift in and out like tides in our measured seasons.

    Jan

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  2. Thanks, Jan,

    The sun is shining! A day to celebrate.

    “Time moseys on as we drift in and out like tides in our measured seasons.”

    I have been neglecting the Bon Mots pages of late, so I’ll begin by adding those
    wise words. Thanks again.

    Sarah

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  3. Wow! Sarah

    This is bot beautiful and spiritual. I sense a type of baptism in this poem as the tides rise and they allow us to return to our primordial instincts and magic. We are for the moment christened with a tribal wildness and then we are returned to the present world, but renewed and in a way changed. We “learn to breathe again” but with a new sense of appreciation, knowledge and need.

    we turn
    primordial,
    splashing and hunkering,
    sheltered in the shadow
    of mangroves.

    Tides turn
    under the moon; waters
    recede. We are left stranded.
    Learning to breathe again,
    we reach for the sun.

    Really loved this,
    Thank you!
    Wendy

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  4. A sense of awe and wonder in this Sarah… so much majesty around us that we sometimes take for granted. You make this reader stop and take stock.

    Regards,

    Maryse

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