Spotlight Poetry – By the Sea – A Poem by Christina Rossetti


© Svetlana Ziuzina, Rocky Beach, 2009

By the Sea by Christina Rossetti

Why does the sea moan evermore?
Shut out from heaven it makes its moan,

It frets against the boundary shore;
All earth’s full rivers cannot fill
The sea, that drinking thirsteth still.

Sheer miracles of loveliness
Lie hid in its unlooked-on bed:
Anemones, salt, passionless,
Blow flower-like; just enough alive
To blow and multiply and thrive.

Shells quaint with curve, or spot, or spike,
Encrusted live things argus-eyed,

All fair alike, yet all unlike,
Are born without a pang, and die
Without a pang, and so pass by.

Poem Attribution © Christina Rossetti, By the Sea

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