Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dreaming of the Sea, From the Mountain

by Steve King
© 2011
All rights reserved

The dream washed over me,
a murmur to breach
my sleep-stopped ears,
as from a familiar;
I felt afar its call,
as the settled sea
might feel a lifting wave:

‘Do not fear me,’ it said.
‘I speak to you only as I must.

‘Giving sense both to your days
and to your small moments,
I will sing of what you most love,
will show you all these things,
if there is yet a doubt.
I will find for you the words
that wait, so separate now
from your reluctant tongue.
From pellucid airs
will spring the stuff
to make whole worlds,
and bring to hand
unmargined firmaments.

‘Do not fear.
You must believe;
and I will grant you
that which has eluded;
things that shall outlive
the transient pleasures
in these petty wants.

‘I speak as to a stranger
because you are;
I suffuse you and am within you,
though you do not yet see,
though you have never felt
the truest of my powers.

‘Do not fear me.
No more false witness!
I am the echo
to your heart’s solemn beat;
I will bring the song,
your joyous ode,
the flourish that does flatter.

I will sound at last
the note that sustains.
Yes, I shall be to you
the shout that declares,
the roar that defines.’


  1. almost a spiritual feeling your words have...

  2. wow very nice...i am your heart and you are a stranger is profound in and of itself...and what it has to say...great write steve..

  3. Definitely no fear of this verse, wonderful write.

  4. Dreams are full of things we have to dig for, but listening to this voice was an effortless joy. And that's where they are, 'the words that wait...' in the dream. Also "I will grant you/that which has eluded.' is a stand out line for me. Excellent piece.

  5. Steve, this was an amazing pen. completely lost myself in the voice. Wonderful!

  6. hey steve

    this pulls you right in there - in the skin.

    the final section is written to be shouted!


  7. This has a spiritual feel, a wonderful write.

  8. Curious dreams, engaging dose of the imaginative. An interesting voice to guide us, as it guides our dreamer here...beautiful crafting, with words that resonate, even for the waking mind.

  9. I am always seeking to know myself and always fearing it. Nicely written.

  10. "unmargined firmaments" is a beautiful image and delicious to sound out, too.

  11. Beautiful verse... I liked it from the beginning to the end... specially the end...

    'I am the echo
    to your heart’s solemn beat;'

    This is so beautifully done... thanks for sharing...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

  12. Steve! This work truly thrilled me. There you are atop a's wished-for metaphorical pinnacle, thinking of the mysterious sea from whence we all came,and it, anthropomorphized telling you of its promise, its gifts, understanding your yearning. What power and spirituality here. I love it!

  13. A nice suite of poems on your home page. well done.


    Mark Butkus

  14. Our Higher Power speaks to us in dreams... you have created such words of hope.

  15. Incandescent and deeply satisfying. Thank you, words I needed to hear.

  16. being at the seaside right now..this really resonates with me...fav lines were..I will sing of what you most love,
    will show you all these things,
    if there is yet a doubt....this is beaufiful steve

  17. This is such a lovely poem, Steve. So beautiful and wise.

    From pellucid airs
    will spring the stuff
    to make whole worlds,
    and bring to hand
    unmargined firmaments.

    So great.

  18. such a pleasure to read your words this morning...there is cadence and lilt to this piece as if i can hear you saying them...

    very beautiful share ~


  19. I'm sure each of us will read this in our own way. For me, it was the voice of "I Am" and/or perhaps the power of the universe. Comforting and compelling.

  20. Hello,
    How is your day?

    Glad to land here,
    Amazing poetic muses shared,

    Welcome joining us for poets rally week 57,
    A random poem or a free verse is okay.
    Hope to see you in.

    Happy Thursday.