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The Sea Gazer
Christine Jackson


A bare-legged boy,
tanned, with hair blowing,
stands on a sandy shore.
He wonders about creatures
swimming beneath the milk-green sea.
Against the distant horizon,
long, low patches of islands
stretch like nocturnal animals,
while the warm salt breath of the earth
lifts his vision, rising,
to a cloud-washed sky.


© by Christine Jackson.
Used here with the author’s permission.



Christine Jackson grew up in New England and now teaches literature and creative writing at a South Florida university. She also helps to organize writing conferences. Learn more about her at




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Posted 05/20/2017 05:16 PM
Looking out to sea as I read this lovely poem. It's beautiful
Posted 05/20/2017 02:31 PM
gorgeous! seriously made my heart skip a beat.
Posted 05/19/2017 02:39 PM
Posted 05/19/2017 09:16 AM
Larry Schug:
When I read this poem I feel like I am studying a painting in a gallery. the longer I gaze upon it, the more I see.
Posted 05/19/2017 08:46 AM
I feel as if the author is trying to say something that we, the audience does not know. I think that it is up to us to truly find it ourselves by looking on the inside! I love this. This poem indirectly speaks to me and I hope it does the same for all of you!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 05/19/2017 08:39 AM
I love the salt in this poem.
Posted 05/19/2017 07:48 AM

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