Seashore Silence


A young man stands at the seashore,

Gaping at the ocean that rises and rises.

He wonders, can I drink the water so laden with salt?


He often worries that people will take

His inability to express himself

As a sign of reluctance, or coldness.


He knows to be cold is not a choice,

But an obligation.


He often worries that he is judged

On his thoughts, his ideas.


He wonders, do I understand people,

Or do I pretend I understand people?


He often worries that he will go on being quiet,

Year after year, oblivious

To the soft susurration of sea waves around.


He wonders, do they take my silence

To be a lack of love?


At twenty, he thought he understood everything.

Four years later, his thoughts no longer

Bubble with prickling notions, tingling verses.


All that remains is the silent crashing

Of rocky bottoms, and his inability

To drink the water that is too much of salt.

Bibek Adhikari 

Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2018-06-03 at 15:47

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Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
A completely introspective poem. Using the ocean and salt for a metaphor is unique in this poem. And, a perfect ending!
I like it very much.

yes, kant can The PoetBay support member heart!
the thing is that you can always be judged on your words
and dismiss them by other words
but in deeds, when you are judged upon
words are not enough

Ngoc Nguyen The PoetBay support member heart!
Susurration?.... Great word! Wonderful poem.

I found this a most enjoyable read, contemplative and deep. Love the word susurration, I have to confess I'd never heard of it, so thanks for the education.

Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
There's a kind of Prufrockian flavour to "All that remains is the silent crashing/ Of rocky bottoms ..." that I really like. This is a thoughtful poem, meditative, perhaps more vivid in some spots than others, but I'm grateful to have read it, as it shows the conscientious care that you bring to all your work!