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The Sea Gazer
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Christine Jackson


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A bare-legged boy,
tanned, with hair blowing,
stands on a sandy shore.
He wonders about creatures
swimming beneath the milk-green sea.
Against the distant horizon,
long, low patches of islands
stretch like nocturnal animals,
while the warm salt breath of the earth
lifts his vision, rising,
to a cloud-washed sky.

 

© by Christine Jackson.
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

 

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Christine Jackson grew up in New England and now teaches literature and creative writing at a South Florida university. She also helps to organize writing conferences. Learn more about her at  http://cahss.nova.edu/faculty/christine_jackson.html.

 

 

 


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Posted 05/20/2017 05:16 PM
rhonasheridan:
Looking out to sea as I read this lovely poem. It's beautiful
Posted 05/20/2017 02:31 PM
JanetruthMartin:
gorgeous! seriously made my heart skip a beat.
Posted 05/19/2017 02:39 PM
phebe.davidson@gmail.com:
Yes!!!!
Posted 05/19/2017 09:16 AM
Larry Schug:
When I read this poem I feel like I am studying a painting in a gallery. the longer I gaze upon it, the more I see.
Posted 05/19/2017 08:46 AM
avgwhiteman:
I feel as if the author is trying to say something that we, the audience does not know. I think that it is up to us to truly find it ourselves by looking on the inside! I love this. This poem indirectly speaks to me and I hope it does the same for all of you!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 05/19/2017 08:39 AM
Katrina:
I love the salt in this poem.
Posted 05/19/2017 07:48 AM


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