Waves of the Ocean

There’s a ferry
by the ocean carrying sand
and all sorts of floating and unanchored

They’d take from
the shore, and ruffle with what
they have, then throw it all way back to
the beach.

They’d puff up
clouds of sand along with froths
of water; rearranging patterns embedded
on shore.

They’d ferry fish
and urchins and corals and
jellies, stars, and any sort light enough to
pull and

push as the ferry
goes about deep to shallow and
shallows to depths unknown, currents far
and near.

The ferry comes
as the wind blows, as the water
flows. In wave after wave, carving the sand
by sea.

NaPoWrimo April 28 prompt, a concrete poem. Like acrostic poems, concrete poems are a favorite for grade-school writing assignments, so this may not be your first time at the concrete-poem rodeo. In brief, a concrete poem is one in which the lines are shaped in a way that mimics the topic of the poem. For example, May Swenson’s poem “Women” mimics curves, reinforcing the poem’s references to motion, rocking horses, and even the shape of a woman’s body. George Starbuck’s “Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” is – you guessed it – a sonnet in the shape of a potted Christmas tree. A concrete poem could be complexly-shaped, but relatively simple strategies can also be “concrete” — like a poem involving a staircase where the length of the lines grows or shrinks over time, like an ascending (or descending) set of stairs.


5 thoughts on “Waves of the Ocean

    1. I like yours too! I love the rhythm and flow of the whole poem. The assonance and rhymes throughout the poem come to me like waves breaking on rock. Very impactful.

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