From the bridge

Sometimes I think about the ocean —
sour water that whispers honey
to coasts spread too thin. What mysteries
swim below the surface,
below sea level, below even the light?

We prefer to stay dry, to permit the water
into narrower gaps
magnifying the depths until we see
ourselves colored in light even
from this height. In the distance

I see clouds slide down the sky
like white petals to reveal their own
vibrant secrets in wispy voices
that splash in the ocean & submerge
without another thought.

Sometimes I wonder what the ocean thinks
about me — drawing breath
like arrows from a quiver but never falling
off this bridge as we cross into
all the sun will allow.


© 2022 | Phillip Knight Scott

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Bridge – Image by KL Caley

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 12 years and 5-year-old son. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

7 thoughts on “From the bridge

  1. I like the way you give inanimate objects and natural forces personality and power in this. The first stanza is strong and vivid and also mysterious, drawing the reader in. I especially like “..clouds slide down the sky/like white petals ..” and “..drawing breath/like arrows from a quiver..” Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Word List, Phillip.

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  2. This is gorgeous work.

    “We prefer to stay dry, to permit the water
    into narrower gaps
    magnifying the depths until we see
    ourselves colored in light even
    from this height. In the distance”

    Very nice. Have a great weekend. 🤗

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  3. “sour water that whispers honey” – so good!! This is fantastic:
    “drawing breath
    like arrows from a quiver but never falling
    off this bridge as we cross into
    all the sun will allow.”

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  4. Wow! What a great entry. I love these lines,
    “What mysteries
    swim below the surface,
    below sea level, below even the light?”

    They feel like a start to something big. Thank you so much for joining in with #writephoto. KL ❤

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  5. “Sometimes I wonder what the ocean thinks
    about me” to wonder such things says a lot about who you are. Us humans aren’t in this alone, and we aren’t the only ones who wonder.

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