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Driftwood -
skeleton maw
wraps talon-like
around the dawn
as if begging
for a favor,
so smooth and sharp
worn bare by August -
a mermaid's rib
rubs salt from sand,
the battering lilt of seagulls
beating time
against the summer sun.
The image is by the talented photographer, :iconphilippe-albanel: Please view and fave the original here
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:iconponddreamer:
PondDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The last 3 lines are sublime, love it.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks. As a kid, driftwood always made me think of animal skeletons.
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PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
of what . . . of work* I meant
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PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I like to fathom the limb in the picture would be the mermaid's rib, haha!
What a lovely piece of what, as always. The picture is absolutely fitting and calm.
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elbarien Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful perspective! This is really stunning.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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Dramira-Official Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really liked this! Very nice visuals in your words. Good choice of image to go with this, too.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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QueenOfQuills Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Writer
A mermaids rib - what a stunning piece of writing :D
Beautiful image too
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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QueenOfQuills Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Writer
featured in my journal :[link] :D
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   Writer
Your work has been showcased here: [link]
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!!
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:iconthelunalily:
TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"a mermaid's rib
rubs salt from sand,"

I love it. :heart: Well done.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! As a kid, branches reminded me of bones.
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:iconpeacefulsoul:
PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
You too? That's hilarious. I used to think the same
for almost all branches, but now only some
resemble bones to me.
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:iconthelunalily:
TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
hahaha, they actually still remind me of bones.
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leyghan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I'm with everyone who commented on the mermaid's rib line. I love what follows also.

"a mermaid's rib
rubs salt from sand,
the battering lilt of seagulls
beating time
against the summer sun." :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! Branches remind me of bones...and you know I love everything to do with the ocean.
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chiaro0990 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're my favorite poet in deviantArt.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
That is one of the nicest things anyone here has said. Thank-you.
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SilverWynd Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully written.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
I am glad you like it. I like driftwood...sea glass as well.
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SilverWynd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sea glass is cool, and driftwood can be fun. There is this beach I used to like to go to, haven't been there in ages, but before, whenever I would go there, all along the beach there would always be these really weird structures made out of pieces of wood.
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RomShuvano Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
A mermaid's rib indeed!! Well done!
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree: "mermaid's rib" is great. :)
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:iconscarlettletters:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! When i was a kid, tree branches and limbs made me think of skeletons...
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
They ARE skeletons! :D I know what you mean, though--a little bit creepy. :nod:
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orbitaljay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
mermaid's rib. nice
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am glad you like it.
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LukaKnight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
HAHAHAHA!!!! Your work always makes me smile. :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
GOOD!!
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anthonyc1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great, reminds me of my beaches down in Florida. Did you see the picture and get a poem stuck to it or was a poem inspired by something else?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
I did the poem first. I like the beaches in Florida!
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
A lovely piece. Wonderful imagery. Great job.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! i really like driftwood...anything from the sea.
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
You're welcome. :)
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful ! :love:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I am glad you like it.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Bloody amazing imagery.

"skeleton maw
wraps talon-like
around the dawn"

Yes. Just yes.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome photo and wordings :love:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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peroni68 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!! :clap: :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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peroni68 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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love-shakspeare Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Perfection. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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HippieHebe Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful!
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