The Salty Dog, poem by C.E.K. Nelson, Doggy at the Beach oil painting by author

The Salty Dog

Look to the horizon,
where the sea kisses the sky,
for possibilities that
give dreams
the illusion
of reality.
Reaching for
what is beyond,
yet the reach extends
to a limit,
as do dreams.
Crashing waves
bring the tide of fear,
touching the flesh,
sinking in the sands
of one’s own deception.
Awakened by the mist
of now,
recognizing that
The water is cool
and provides relief
from the unattainable.

C.E.K. Nelson

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