The ocean surges through the darkness
Crashing her waves upon the land.
Hissing in retreat only to build again.
A myriad of twinkling eyes gaze downward
Bemused by the fury of her age-old sister.
The ancient moon retires before the break of dawn.
Cold air bites the tenderness of my cheeks
The lifeless beachfront whistles a mournful tune.
All have taken shelter from the night chill.
Trance-like I watch in anticipation
For what, I do not know.
Surreal suspended animation prevails.
The sky wakens and illuminates my world
With a celestial light.
Colours replace monochrome voids.
Sparkling greens dance with white horses
Tranquillity subdues the turmoil.
The lure of hope for the new day.
It washes all remnants of times past
Along with the footsteps of my existence.
The mist of her salty breath kisses my lips.
She grooms herself for the deluge of impending humanity
The extravagance of modernization degrades her ageless beauty.
Commercialism mocks her virtue.
Neon, her garish jewellery
No wish to witness the assault.
I turn away.
Replacing her comforting smell and rhythms
With the chaotic stench of burning fossil fuel.
Consumed by the very teeming masses I yearn to avoid.