Sea, are you she?

Sea, are you he or she?
Some say ‘she’;
others say ‘he’.
Tell me
how you become
both he and she!

For them you were he,
a ‘rival’ or a ‘contestant’.
He drowned her child
to appease Poseidon,
the god of sea,
who let them go
and send a city on fire
and then played with him,
and drowned him
in vast wilderness.

But for him, you’re she,
A giver – a benefactress;
you don’t doesn’t mean
you don’t’, but you can’t
as she, who only doesn’t’
since she can’t
when Moon smiles full.

Hence, for me, as for him,
you’re she, but not he.

Copyright © Jan. 4, 2019, Newton Ranaweera

Inspiration from Greek legends and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.
Image source: Pixabay


33 thoughts on “Sea, are you she?

  1. I always considered the sea to be she. Your poem is wonderful, the imagery that is given to the sea, from different perspectives and cultures. Beautiful post.

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  2. The ocean has always been feminine to me – so I was delighted to find a concept of it being male. I think there’s so much magic in the water, that it can be (ha ha?) gender fluid. Keep writing!

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