Uncharted Waters

Elaborate sandcastle on the seashore with sun setting and child in background

Image above © mojourner

Smooth between sea and land
Is laid the yellow sand,
And here through summer days
The seed of Adam plays.

Here the child comes to found
His unremaining mound,
And the grown lad to score
Two names upon the shore.

Here, on the level sand,
Between the sea and land,
What shall I build or write
Against the fall of night?

Tell me of runes to grave
That hold the bursting wave,
Or bastions to design
For longer date than mine.

Shall it be Troy or Rome
I fence against the foam,
Or my own name, to stay
When I depart for aye?

Nothing: too near at hand,
Planing the figure sand,
Effacing clean and fast
Cities not built to last
And charms devised in vain,
Pours the confounding main.
--A.E. Housman
(More about this poet)

Featured image by Saif Memon on Unsplash

As we head into summer in our hemisphere, this felt like the right time to share this poem by A. E. Housman. We are fortunate to live very close to the sea and I will never tire of the delight of seaside sunsets.

Sharing a poem by a different poet each month is the feature that speaks to me best, if not exactly my stated course goal.

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Published by mojourner

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4 thoughts on “Uncharted Waters

  1. I read that poem with the soundscape you provided on in the background. It made me smile. I have a blockage with poetry, often feeling I don’t know what to read and sometimes when I try, the meanings escape me. This one was clear and relatable though and I very much enjoyed it. Thank you.

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