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First Line: Crash of the crystal surf all night on the wind-wild beaches
Last Line: And salt tears wet them and leave them aglow by the mad waves singing.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


CRASH of the crystal surf all night on the wind-wild beaches,
Boom of the billows that break day-long on the pebbled reaches,
Roar of the riotous waves on rock ridges shattered and sundered,
Moaning and sobbing and shouting the turbulent elements thundered.

Idly I lay on the sea-rim, the pebbles I dropped through my fingers,
Jewels of jade and of beryl, with opaline sea-tint that lingers
Long as the wild waves wet them where mermaidens tossed them away,
Sparkling in beauty neglected to glow in the salt sea spray.

Out of the ocean of longing, whose shore is the heart-rim dreary,
Peereth a wild mermaiden through turbulent seamist eerie,
Wine-red carnelians and crystals translucent at my feet flinging,
And salt tears wet them and leave them aglow by the mad waves singing.





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