Sonnet to the Sound

I grew up on high ground but close enough to Long Island Sound to ride my bike to the beach for a swim or a ride around Tods Point in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. I learned to swim in salt water and, like Proust’s madeleines, whenever I get a whiff of it, I am carried back to childhood.

Long Island Sound and seagull

Now, married and a mother, I live a good distance from the shore, but every now and then, when the wind is right, I can smell the sea air. Whether or not it is truly salt spray from the Sound or merely a sense memory, the effect is no less powerful. So powerful, I was moved to scribble a few lines and ended up with this sonnet.

To the Sound

Night rolls up the house. Through windows, wet sheets

are tossed back, damp shadows swell, and the few

dry spots are slowly covered. On the street,

dark waves skid along dark sand. Facing due

east, a distant fan of sea spray forms and

dries on the wind. Most of those days at Tod’s

I chose high ground, a sturdy arm of land

away from everything, somewhat at odds,

I suppose, with the rest. I love the Sound—

the cold green, Long Island’s comforting stretch,

the gulls complaining as they wheel around

the white caps—leaving bits of salt that touch

the air and sky and clouds above the surf,

and inland, sometimes, trees and hills and earth.

Sunset over the Sound


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4 Responses to Sonnet to the Sound

  1. First time here. Nice blog and great post. Well done.

    • Delving Eye says:

      Thanks, Jessie. I wasn’t sure how a poetry post would be received on this blog. Glad someone enjoyed. Hope you visit again.


  2. clyde says:

    ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. Very nice, DE. You may have missed your calling.

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