Song of the Sea to the Shore

By Robert Fanning Robert Fanning
Unraveling velvet, wave after wave, driven   
by wind, unwinding by storm, by gravity thrown—   
however, heaving to reach you, to find you, I've striven   
undulant, erosive, blown—   

or lying flat as glass for your falling clear   
down: I can't swallow you. So why   
have I felt I've reached you—as two reflected stars,   
surfaced, lie near—as if the sky's   

close element is one in me, where starfish   
cleave to stones—if you're so far?   
I've touched you, I know, but my rush         
subsides; our meetings only leave desire's   

fleeting trace. Every place I touch you   
changes shape. Shore, lie down—   
undo. I'll fill your thirsty bones with blue.   
I'll flood your every cave and we'll be one.

Source: Poetry (August 2002).


This poem originally appeared in the August 2002 issue of Poetry magazine

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August 2002
 Robert  Fanning


Robert Fanning is the author of American Prophet (2009), The Seed Thieves (2006), and Old Bright Wheel (2003), which won the Ledge Press Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, the Atlanta Review, the Hawaii Review, and other journals. A professor of creative writing at Central Michigan University, Fanning's writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from . . .

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Poems by Robert Fanning

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Relationships, Love, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Romantic Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Persona

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