Original Poetry: Calling the Boys Home (Part 1)

[From Feb. 08 – Mar. 08, I will be releasing the nine sections of my longer narrative poem, “Calling the Boys Home.” One section will be posted each Sunday and Wednesday. The sections alternate between two different timelines occurring in the same location.]

“Calling the Boys Home”

i.
From where the Tawe churns
into Swansea Bay, beyond the gull-
dissonant marina, the city
whimpers and whispers as if a mere
village tempoed by the waves sounding
on shore. As tempting as it may be
to drift toward the mute hills
of Devonshire, my gaze follows
the transit bus plodding westward
along the ocean drive, over
and past the concrete waste pipes
that stop mid-beach. The ash sands,
spattered with kelp and cockles, stop
short of the reedy grasses maintaining
a sand-ridge stretching the entire coast.
Just beyond lie the weathered stones
of Hadrian’s estranged sister, a wall
permeated by the steps and walks of Brynmill
and further villages with their terrace housing
defying the foothills’ downward slant.
 
 
 
“Calling the Boys Home” (Part 2)
 
 
[Check out other original poems here.]

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