Sea-marks

I recall their ancient look –
a fez tasselled with weed,
or a light in a black cage
buttoned into the ocean;
and that instant of pause when,
rounding one, going about
in a sizzle of foam, the boat
has not yet gathered way
again, or got the bone
between its teeth. But then
as it sets to, braces itself,
tautens, heels to the wind,
the sudden sense of lift,
of an altogether new
exultation fine as spindrift.

‘Sea-marks’, unpublished poem, © Lawrence Sail 2012, used by permission of the author.

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Lawrence Sail Reading from his Poems

1Water

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2Calm sea at night

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3Rain at sea

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4Slack

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5Fanfares at Eger

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6Singer asleep

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7The artist at 81

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8Portuguese sonnet

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9The age of reason

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10Fountains

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11Proofs

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12Snooker players

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13The glimmering

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14Driving westward

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15Paysages moralisés

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16The Meat Commission, Kenya

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17Eating maize

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18Hammock journeys

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19At Possenhofen

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20A picture by Klee

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21Thinking of Klee again

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22Edenic

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23Air

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24The cablecar

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25As a bird

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26Another parting

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27The enclosures

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28Father to son

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29In the Bar Italia

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30from Ghostings

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31Recurrent

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32Hallowe'en lantern

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33from Out of silence

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34Trees uprooted

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35A leaf falling

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36On Remembrance Day

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37Sloes

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38White peach

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39A travellers' tale

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40Old men walking

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41In a dream

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42Not at the eleventh hour

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43Sea-marks

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