The Sea Must Be a Woman

Blue dress, grey eyes,
lacey veil, threads snapping
in a cold and naked wind.
Her bosom swelling, sinking
like a sleepy drum; her spine
a gentle curve of sand. In
her womb, the whale, the seal,
great fishes of the depths conceived.
But is she sad or lonely tightened
to her mother's cradle or grateful
that her passion never wanes?
The sea must be a woman for
she shares her gifts unselfishly.


matt at shadow of iris said...

This is fantastic. It's mythological. I agree the sea is a woman. I wonder what mythologies reflect this. Certainly not Greek, but what about the others ... I'm off to search google ...

Rachel Phillips said...

You inspired me to do more homework!!! AMPHITRITE was the goddess queen of the sea, the wife of King Poseidon. Some say she was one of the fifty Nereides, others an Okeanis, but most simply describe her as the female personification of the sea: the loud-moaning mother of fish, seals and dolphins. As such she was essentially the same as Thalassa. When Poseidon first sought Amphitrite's hand in marriage, she fled his advances, and hid herself away near Atlas in the Ocean stream at the far ends of the earth. The dolphin-god Delphin eventually tracked her down and persuaded her to return to wed the sea-king. Her Roman equivalent was Salacia, whose name means "the salty one."