The Mountain and the Sea by Charl Landsberg

Charl Landsberg | July 24th, 2017 | a poem a day challenge, poetry | No Comments


The mountain sat beside the sea,
Puffing strong and mightily.
Said, “Ocean, do you think of me,
Since I have grown this tall?”

Said ocean, “sure, I think of thee.
Your temper and acrimony.
What use are these dark things to me?
Since you have grown so tall?”

Said mountain, “But look how I’ve changed.”
Said ocean, “Grown, but so estranged.”
Said mountain, “Are you not like me?
Since I have grown so tall?”

Said ocean, “No, my change is this,
my currents flow, my tides a kiss,
I change to be ever more like me,
But you have grown so tall.”

The mountain sat beside the sea,
Puffing smoke and sulkily,
“How dare you mock and torment me?
Look, for I am standing tall.”

Said ocean, “See the winds of change,
Blowing strong and ever strange,
They’ll bring you lower than even me,
Then I’ll be standing tall.”

Poet Bio

Charl Landsberg is a South African poet, artist, and musician who’s work focuses on many things including social justice issues such as feminism, anti-racism, queer rights, etc. Their work often takes on fantasy, science fiction, or sometimes just abstract ideas

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