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Gabrielle Bryden, poem, poetry
July 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm
I’ve always enjoyed watching programmes about the ocean and diving…but have too much fear to ever one to take a deep dive.;-) The end of the poem was a fine twist.
July 14, 2011 at 9:27 am
Me too slpmartin – that ain’t me diving in the poem, that’s for sure (the ocean scares the hell out of me) – I was thinking more of the diving into water from the edge, rather than snorkelling or that sort of thing (but it works both ways, so cool).
July 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm
excellent, yes i know that allure of the deep waterbody just waiting to be dived into!
July 14, 2011 at 9:28 am
Thanks Crafty Green Poet 🙂
July 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Excellent, and wonderfully Freudian.
July 14, 2011 at 9:29 am
Thanks Mark (I hate Freud but we will let that one slip through without a philosophical debate – haha – made that mistake on the Overland blog once 😉 )
July 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Your line about diving toward the world we’re supposed to live in hit home for me. As a former scuba diver (can’t do it now because of ear problems) I felt that every time I went down deep. There is a sense of fear about the depths but also a weird sense of belonging. We did come from the waters, after all. Your insights never cease to amaze me. Excellent poem!
July 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Scuba diving – wow – I’m jealous Selma (at least you have tried it) – I would have a panic attack, for sure (I nearly had a panic attack just practicing snorkelling in a pool a while back – haha – I’m hopeless).
July 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm
As an avid ocean swimmer, I absolutely loved this Gabe. The pull of the unknown is something I love about the ocean…
July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Thanks Graham 🙂
July 15, 2011 at 3:18 am
Beautiful, Gabe. This really resonated with me, for so many reasons — thank you for sharing your lovely poetry.
July 15, 2011 at 8:39 am
Thanks Thomma Lyn – so glad you liked it 🙂
July 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Love this poem for many reasons: simmering – summoning, the story, the tension, the release, the realization, the circle,….
July 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm
thanks qazse for getting it 🙂
July 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Ah, yes, it’s always tempting to stay down there and dive ever deeper…(night)rogen narcosis – I enjoyed the many layers in this one, Gabrielle
July 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Thanks bluebee 🙂
July 19, 2011 at 5:59 am
An ocean dream/nightmare, perhaps had from living so near the ocean? Me, mine incline more from sky — I dream I am falling in the sky and am happy to find myself having “landed” back in the bed just a little shaken but still here …. Though I paint the koi, mine is more a sky world. It’s strange to think that even the peaceful sky can represent one’s fears … very much of a puzzle, that. I love your poem.
July 19, 2011 at 8:41 am
Fascinating – and here I was thinking everyone had the deep dive dream – mine is nothing to do with the ocean – in my dream it is just a body of fresh water which I dive head first into and I have had that dream since at least a teenager (and didn’t live near the sea then). I have also had the falling dream and wake myself up with the jolt of landing (that is a universal dream I am sure). The good news is my nightmares are equally matched by fantastic flying dreams (I had one last night) where I flap my arms and fly all over the place – too much fun. I love your Koi Aletha 🙂
July 19, 2011 at 6:08 am
You know, reading it again, there’s so much in this poem — especially about being here where we belong — and yet I can’t say — I can’t really say more than what I said above. What a terrific poem, it is. In the full sense of “terrific” — splendid, wonderful, intense — and inspiring terror. Both qualities and sublime, like Wordsworth or something.
July 19, 2011 at 8:43 am
Thanks Aletha (5/5 for that comment – haha) – it is supposed to be terrifying in a way, and a warning of course for those who like to live to close to the edge or go right over the edge in fact.
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