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ebb tide
by Gene Williamson

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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twilight days:
meandering ocean swells
ripple to shore,

shadows merge in moonless night,
a ship’s bell
peals a distant toll,

threatening chill blows from the sea.

beyond the eastern seam
a star flickers, fades,
surf rhythms
recede in silence,

fiddlers feast on horseshoe crabs,
dune grass sighs
intrude upon the empty black,

the ebb and flow
of preoccupied years
winding down.
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Reviewed by David Hightower 2/24/2009
Gene - This is one of my absolute favorites of yours. Love the title "ebb tide". It so appropriately depicts a lone human pondering the approach of "twilight days:"

I admire the way you reinforced each stanza with images of the coming of the end,

meandering ocean swells
ripple to shore,

peals a distant toll,

threatening chill blows from the sea.

recede in silence,

intrude upon the empty black,


the ebb and flow
of preoccupied years
winding down.

Love that ending. - David
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 2/24/2009
Absolutely stunning..

Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse 2/23/2009
To me this is all about taking a solo walk to visit memoires--to take a trip in time back to earlier years. Being alone with nature works like magic just like 'ebb tide'
Reviewed by Axilea MU 2/23/2009
The rhythm of this poem is perfect for its content. I especially like the choice of the word "preoccupied" in the last stanza.

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/22/2009
smooth as a fat babies behind mean Gene
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 2/21/2009
Gorgeous, and thanks for the visit to Mother Ocean--haven't been to her side in years and miss very much all those sights, smells and sounds you evoke.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 2/21/2009
"the ebb and flow of preoccupied years winding down" -- memories, washed ashore with the incoming tide of time and erased in the sands by the ebbing seas of eternity's pace -- these things will endure, when the tides are ours to watch, no more -- all of man that may endure, are legacies of the heart, and soul -- let the ebbing tides be forbidden the rights to edit, the little of us that is permitted to endure -- love this philosophical muse -- it comes from the soul of a man at grips with reality's touch -- much peace and love to you my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ofira Sephiroth (Reader) 2/21/2009
Your imagery is captivating.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/21/2009
Gene, you captured the sights and gentle sounds of ebb tide beautifully...


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/21/2009
Gene, your imagery and your quiet tone make a magnificent piece. Have I told you lately how much I love your work?
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 2/20/2009
in gentle caress I am embraced with the calm serene of your words "ebb tide" a sweet dream
Much Love & Inspirations
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/20/2009
A gentle yet highly charged threnody with excellently sustained images and hinting at quiet inevitability. This is very fine writing indeed.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 2/20/2009
Your ebb tide is so good, much better than my latest ocean write. You have more talent and can put words together nicely. We were thinking alike somehow with the waves, the high winds, the boats and all.
Reviewed by Laura Mckenzie 2/20/2009
Wonderful use of imagery in this so creative piece of poetry, A 10+ for my eyes! Excellent. You should join I'm hosting a ocean contest on there at this time. The dead-line is Feb. 28th 2009 its free! Laura :)
Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/20/2009
Very fine pen, excellent imagery and vision.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/20/2009
I hear ya with this one...Ed
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/20/2009
Hmmm.... you make me wish I was there. You are so poetic. That's a silly statement as you are an exceptional poet/writer and this poem exemplifies it. Love and hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/20/2009

You take me there ... in beautiful lines of longing. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 2/20/2009
Gene,,,This is magnificent, I spent 3 years by the ocean,,,I can see the fiddler and horseshoe crabs as I read this,,,,The reflection of life that is oh so short.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 2/20/2009
Beautiful poem!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/20/2009
Great poem you have written,take care

Reviewed by F William Broome 2/20/2009
Your well chosen words take life, and I am transported to your seaside and world! I am fortunate to have found such magic early on a morning? For an old newsman, you are highly talented for reporting on nature and its nether world news! My deepest thanks, Gene! - Bill
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 2/19/2009
Marvelous writing!
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 2/19/2009
Strong imagery and sound. I love this, Gene!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 2/19/2009

Such a wonderful scene. I love the way the poem is set up.

Reviewed by Shay White 2/19/2009
As always a thought provoking poem filled with vivid imagery. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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