For NaPoWriMo Day 25 (yes, I am running behind!) we are challenged to take a line from an existing poem and use it as our first line. But…we must take the poem in a completely different direction than the original.

I took the first line from “The Fall of Rome” by W. H. Auden, “The piers are pummeled by the waves.” Auden’s poem offers a dark view of the state of civilization. While I do not disagree with his assessment, my poem takes inspiration from a restaurant in Sausalito.  From that perspective,  life was joyous, not despairing, and the view from the piers was quite sunny!


the piers are pummeled by the waves

each hard, rhythmic slap

in time with the beat of jazz

the miles of blue I hear

and see before me

gulls dip and dive for bread

honking thanks as they take wing

sailboats glide

laughing and waving

sun cuts through the fog

sparkles off our glasses

bread, brie, fruit, wine

all these are ours

and the ocean, too

for one long day

life is good



4 thoughts on “Sunny

  1. Interesting you should pick W H Auden. When we cleaned my mothers house out, I had to get rid of more books than you can imagine. I hated so to do it but just don’t have the room. One that I really hated to part with was the Collected Works of W H Auden. My favorite is Dover Beach.

    • I don’t know that one. I googled it, but only came up with Matthew Arnold’s poem by that name. It’s tough to part with items that have sentimental value–doubly tough to part with books.

    • Well, I didn’t know enough about Auden’s complete works to know whose it was. But whenever I read his poetry, it really has an impact. My favorite quote, which I don’t believe is from a poem (just something he said) is, “We are here to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I do not know.”

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