krankenschwester (mort) wrote,
krankenschwester
mort

Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me ?

Inland

People that build their houses inland,
People that buy a plot of ground
Shaped like a house, and build a house there,
Far from the sea-board, far from the sound

Of water sucking the hollow ledges,
Tons of water striking the shore--
What do they long for, as I long for
One salt smell of the sea once more?

People the waves have not awakened,
Spanking the boats at the harbour's head,
What do they long for, as I long for,--
Starting up in my inland bed,

Beating the narrow walls, and finding
Neither a window nor a door,
Screaming to God for death by drowning--
One salt taste of the sea once more?

Edna St. Vincent Millay




Crystal Crescent Beach
Sambro, Nova Scotia
July 2006

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Tags: halifax, sambro, the sea
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