Thursday, June 19, 2014

Why Undertow?

Why Undertow? Perhaps, because living on an island I find beauty and strength in the sensory experiences of the sea. It pulls you in either by sound, smell, texture, or sheer force. But it also expulses whatever is wasteful only to drag it back into its depths. Poet Dean Young  expresses that feeling we all get when we watch the sea:

People looking at the sea,
makes them feel less terrible about themselves,
the sea's behaving abominably,
seems never satisfied,
what it throws away it dashes down
then wants back, yanks back


Dean Young (Undertow - November 2007)

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