You, me, the sea

I do not live close enough to the sea

to hear this many seagulls,

the circling squawks echoing

through a red brick housing estate

which only knows the waves of incoming traffic,

which only knows sirens flashing red and blue.


Nevertheless I am grateful for their song,

their nails on chalkboard melody

reminding me of the distant ocean

which surrounds me even when I’m alone

toes in carpet not sand,

buried in sheets not metre waves.


My absence makes my heart bloom fonder,

growing in size like envy at Christmas,

increasing in volume like the pounding in your chest

whenever we meet again.

A wise ribcage steeling itself for a broken heart,

you hold me and it’s as if we were never apart.


I wonder if our distance feels the same

in your hands, in your eyes and ears

as it does in mine, forlorn and watching the time.

We crash like cliffs and waves,

our love a squall in the ocean’s belly

in the middle of July.


And so in your absence,

my skin is calm – untouched tranquility

begging for a storm,

for you and me and the soar,

the chance to deafen a gull’s screech

with the breath in our lungs.

Β© Kristiana Reed 2018

Image: pixabay

16 thoughts on “You, me, the sea

  1. lunarpoet says:

    This is literally what i needed to read today. My soul and body are longing for the sea so badly, had the first asthma attack in years… Cannot wait to breathe the salty air of the North Sea, only 12 days left until I’m back at the shore.

    “We crash like cliffs and waves,

    our love a squall in the ocean’s belly

    in the middle of July.”

    This I love very much πŸ’™πŸŒŠ

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  2. misterkaki says:

    Did you know I have made an online album of photographs available exclusively to SD collective members to support their poetry? Ask your editor for details. I look forwards to reading more of your work.

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  3. Diana says:

    “their nails on chalkboard melody’ … just one of the stop and applaud moments here. I really enjoy your writing ….!!!
    < if I momentarily stop following you will know it's only because I'm following a few folk who are reblogging for SD and too many emails at the moment … ❀

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    • Kristiana says:

      Thank you Diana ☺️ ah I do know what you mean. As part of SD though I will be sharing a lot of what we have coming up. I think you can stop the email notifications though – I only get notified about my posts etc now.

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