The flatness of water

All water lies horizontal by nature;
the field of water is straight,
a mirror of the skies, our solid base.

Water reminds me of you, the smooth surface
not telling of the deep underneath.
The ice you can become.

If I see a wall of water, it means
I am on a capsizing ship ( and I was,
but the ship got in port in time) .

Water always stays in line,
flat as it possibly can be.
all molecules well-ordered.

Just some of them are surface,
others never make it to the light.
There are no hills of water.

Until a breath of playful air
turns logic overboard,
a twirl, waves, white foam of anger.

Then sea regroups
and flat again
she will continue.

Comments on: "The flatness of water" (10)

  1. This is lovely Ina.

    I love the penultimate verse, “turns logic overboard” – brilliant!

    L&H xx

  2. we fools know that waves
    are not caused by the moon
    or the wind but by the sea’s
    rebellion against them
    it’s longing to be left alone

  3. You have a great sense of the Sea, Ina.

  4. Again, your sea-faring imagery is always so perfect … visual and expressive. The last line … despite all the turmoil it can exhibit, the sea knows it needs to return to its flatness which belies all the depth under the surface. Lovely poem, Ina. XO

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