Claiming its Toll – a constanza

My response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry challenge #26: Constanza


The sea is an ever present ghost

Lapping at the landscape’s edges

Pulling at its seams and stitches


Gulls survey from groyne and post

Low dunes, marrams and wave explosion

Sea encroachment and erosion


All along the Norfolk coast

Towns, hamlets and villages

Dwindle to scattered communities


Haunted by a maritime past

Ships wrecked by storm and wave

And many a sailor’s watery grave


The coastline is disappearing fast

Where the surging breakers crash and roll

The behemoth will claim its toll


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Claiming its Toll

10 thoughts on “Claiming its Toll – a constanza

  1. I love large bodies of water and this poem speaks of life by the sea–I could deeply feel the image you created in the first stanza and polished off with ‘behemoth’–a powerful creature–it felt very real, realistic, and powerful. (the poem truly speaks for itself–I’m just trying to say a little more than ‘I really like it’)

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