Thursday, August 11, 2005

Isles of Shoals Sinking In

The other August day and I won’t say what August day, I stopped at one of the parking lots on 1A along the NH seacoast. It’s one of my favorite spots. Sometimes there’s mad surf on big rocks. And usually there’s a fierce view of the Isles of Shoals. That day there was neither. The waves were almost non-existent while the tide was going out. And there was a haze over the ocean that hid the Isles. But in the corner of my eye I thought I caught a glimpse of something. I suppose it was just the heat of summer or a trick of memory. Or something like Atlantis ascending.
Sonnet August Nine

From the Rye shore
Star Island was a dream
I raised beneath
burnt haze of afternoon—
a la Shangri-La—or
some ancient regime
in Africa—
say spellbound Cameroon.
It was everything but
one of the Isles of Shoals,
having disappeared
—through vaporous pinholes
in that immateriality—
at sea.

~Son Rivers 2005

2 comments:

Amy said...

Lovely poem, greg.
There is a spot in Rye coming through a residential tree-lined neighborhood on a gently down-sloping hill with a vista opening on ocean. From this spot, many days, the Isles of Shoals, each island, appear to hover a little above the water, their rocky shores have become tall pale cliffs. It's an eery effect.

Greg said...

Thanks Amy. I think I may have seen that sight too. Very cool.