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Beckoning Winds and Sea
Annie Jenkin


Im watching the river mist
roll away with the tide
and parades of seagulls
are combing for crabs and cockles
plucking at rocks for mussels

The wind whips through the boatyard
ruffling wires and pulleys
tapping tall metal masts
like children all chattering at once

Sails run ahead of the wind
skimming the ocean
flicking over blues and greys
of rainbows hidden in sea spray
scattering its petticoats over the waves

This poem first appeared in The Waterfront Writers UK (2018).
Used here with permission.

Annie Jenkin worked as an emergency nurse, then in a university setting, so she says there wasn't a lot of time for poetry until 2014. Since then, though, shes gotten serious about writing. Living in a beautiful part of the United Kingdom, where she enjoys walking in the countryside and by the coastline, provides much inspiration. Annie's poetry has appeared in several journals and anthologies.

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Lori Levy:
Great images and alliteration.
Posted 10/29/2020 10:45 PM
Wow, Annie! This poem is beautiful, made me miss the water! Such a beautiful way to start my day.
Posted 10/29/2020 09:04 PM
This poem took me there. Absolutely beautiful! _ Doris Bezio
Posted 10/29/2020 01:34 PM
Mama Goose:
Loved it. Made me miss being near the waterfront.
Posted 10/29/2020 01:19 PM
Wilda Morris:
Wonderful images!
Posted 10/29/2020 12:31 PM
This is fabulous, Annie! I miss being on the water, and your poem gave me a lovely start to the day!
Posted 10/29/2020 12:28 PM
So lovely! I could almost hear the sounds of the ocean...
Posted 10/29/2020 11:20 AM
Lots of good imagery!!!
Posted 10/29/2020 10:58 AM
good images. You took me there. Thank you.
Posted 10/29/2020 10:21 AM
I spent some time in the Navy, so this poem had me from the title.
Posted 10/29/2020 09:32 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
This powerful picturesque poem captures the spirit of the sea. I can see the river mist roll away the tide, the wind whipping through the boatyard, the sails scattering its petticoats over the waves. I love the unique metaphors of "children chattering all at once" and "rainbows hidden in seaspray."
Posted 10/29/2020 08:57 AM
michael escoubas:
Love the internal music of this creation, Annie; congratulations on your debut poem!
Posted 10/29/2020 08:46 AM
so beautiful. ?rainbows hidden in sea spray?... it makes me slow down and imagine time standing still long enough to absorb a rainbow hidden in sea spray. lovely feels.
Posted 10/29/2020 02:25 AM
ATCGBasePairs :
Very lovely, Annie! Reminds me of childhood...
Posted 10/29/2020 01:20 AM

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