Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 23 . . .

Tide and Terrain

     poem & photo by Jean L. Kreiling

          (Long Beach, Plymouth, MA)

I didn’t know that it would be high tide;

I never check the charts. I felt the need

for salt air and drove east to walk a wide

soft swath of gold dust—but twice-daily greed

for territory had provoked the bay

to occupy the shore right to the rocks,

the beach now intermittent, and my way

a mix of grainy mud and granite blocks.

Compelled by this terrain to improvise,

I strolled through water, then on well-soaked sand,

then on the jetty. As the shoreline sifted

itself, I did the same, my feet and eyes

adjusting as each moment made its stand

against the last, then drowned as power shifted.


Jean L. Kreiling’s poetry has been published widely in print and online literary journals, and her interdisciplinary essays on music and poetry have appeared in several academic journals. She is the winner of the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for poetry, and has been a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, the Frost Farm Prize, and the Dogwood Poetry Prize.


© 2011 Jean L. Kreiling