DORIS….. and the bounty of the sea.

DORIS - Goddess of the bounty of the sea. Dry point etching

DORIS – Goddess of the bounty of the sea. Dry point etching

 

               The Sea by Mary Oliver

Stroke by
stroke my
body remembers that life and cries for
the lost parts of itself—-
fins, gills
opening like flowers into
the flesh—-my legs
want to lock and become
one muscle, I swear I know
just what the blue-gray scales
shingling
the rest of me would
feel like!
paradise! Sprawled
in that motherlap,
in that dreamhouse
of salt and exercise,
what a spillage
of nostalgia pleads
from the very bones! how
they long to give up the long trek
inland, the brittle
beauty of understanding,
and dive,
and simply
become again a flaming body
of blind feeling
sleeking along
in the luminous roughage of the sea’s body,
vanished
like victory inside that
insucking genesis, that
roaring flamboyance, that
perfect
beginning and
conclusion of our own.

Poem from MARY OLIVER: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS Volume One

Doris is “an ancient, probable pre-Hellenic Goddess of the waters,  She was the mother of the Nereids, the female nymphs of sea water. She was also aunt to Atlas, the titan who was made to carry the sky upon his shoulders.

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Linda Hill
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One Response to DORIS….. and the bounty of the sea.

  1. Tess Ward says:

    O Linda – I love the delicacy of the green and the sea plants with the red – really beautiful. Thank you. xx

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