Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON A MAINE COAST, by FLORA MARION LOUGEE

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ON A MAINE COAST, by            
First Line: Whirling, swirling, seething mist
Last Line: Till dreams and realities blur.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lougee, F. Marion
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness

Whirling, swirling, seething mist,
Lapped up out of the sea,
Drips from the foam-flecked jaws of the cliffs
And spills over ledge and lea;

Seeping, creeping in from the coast,
Sponging all landmarks away,
Wrapping the earth in a soft, gray veil
That screens out the light of day.

Strange phantoms loom and disappear;
The mist shuts in once more.
The only sound is the fog horn's boom
As it quivers along the shore.

Then follows a silence so intense
That every thought is a cry;
And even the vaguest emotion felt
Is like an audible sigh.

The soul, marooned by the engulfing fog,
Remote from human strife,
Is keenly aware of its entity;
New longings stir to life.

Concealing, revealing, fusing fog
Clings to earth like a burr;
Surging, merging everything
Till dreams and realities blur.

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