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    GARDEN GATE.....


    Dewell H. Byrd

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    GARDEN GATE.....

    Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:14 am

    Title may be misleading and I need help with stanza breaks... AND, anything else you suggest.  Dewell

    Garden Gate

    hangs half open
    scrapes a semicircle
    on the ground

    hinges creak
    in a turtle wind

    departed bathers
    empty beach

    sky darkens
    hugs the sea

    remembered by foam
    erase plover etchings

    sand dunes
    toward the gate

    their heritage

    ocean sculpts the land.

     Dewell H. Byrd




    Half the poem is in the title

    Post  dennis20 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:31 pm

    Dewell,  Although you have some good pictures here it is hard to follow. I don't find the title related to the poem.  It could be about some kind of a gate, but it is a stretch for my picture of a garden gate. This may be a hint of some changes which makes it easier to follow.   That being said:

    (some kind of a gate)

    hangs half open, sags
    and scrapes a semicircle--
    a line in the sand.

    hinges creak
    as winds bluster,
    chasing bathers ashore.

    skies darken,
    heavy upon 
    the empty beach

    crashing waves
    erase plover etchings
    on rising tide

    the sea spits
    sand ashore

    its heritage
    beneath the gate.


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    Looks like a picture to me. . . .

    Post  Pat on Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:48 pm

    It could be a painting or reality: So there is a garden gate near the beach???? Is there a garden or is it a type of gate? I know the semicircle on the ground, the scraping, etc. I am thrown off by the word garden. Do you need it?
    I can see and hear the gate, the slow wind. I like all the alliteration in first stanza.
    Then the beach and sky: all well done. I like the present tense. Easy for me to follow.
    Last 2 stanzas: I'd say claiming or reclaiming (more present); I'd drop the last stanza. Not needed: sounds like a summary & it's telling.
    Overall: I like it. You took a moment in time by the beach and showed it to me. Nice.

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    Post  tsukany on Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:35 am


    I think your title is in need of focus that is aligned with the poem.

    Garden Gate

     hangs half open
    sagging (this implies old, perhaps disuse)
    scrapes a semicircle (this conflicts with the previous line)
    on the ground

    hinges creak (again seems to imply disuse)
    in a turtle wind (I love this image.  It's so fresh)

    departed bathers
    empty beach (Hard to tell if "empty" is adj/verb.  Verb makes for a redundancy)

    sky darkens (introduction of personification and thus moves from the title)
    hugs the sea  (another nice line)

     waves (more personification and thus another player in the poem)
    remembered by foam
    erase plover etchings

     sand dunes (same as above)
    toward the gate (return to the title . . . I like that.)

    their heritage

    ocean sculpts the land.  (You might need to title this "Sculptors" or something like that to complete the simile/comparison)

    Dewell H. Byrd

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