This sea, the known and unknown.
As mysterious and changing as woman,
Affected and described by tides and moons.
Living at land’s edge, daily above the sea I walk,
On cliff top path,
Aware of land and water juxtaposed.
Unyielding earth and fluid, expansive, mercurial saltsea.
As unfathomable as space.
Remembering childhood sea journeying,
Entering my night dreams,
Influencing daytime reverie.
Imagining more voyages.
Colours and forms vary. Aqua blue, sun-sparkled,
Darkest of dark green.
Paynes Grey and black oceanic depths.
Mill pond stillness, then powerful swell and surge.
In my thoughts I dive into the vast cerulean
And swim through waves,
Into the mystic,
The symbol of mermaid arising as free woman,
Beholden to no one, and belonging to no land.
Poem Alice Mason
Painting Alice Mason
Copyright Alice Mason. All rights reserved. 2015