'Spring Tide' by Kit Hoisington, inspired by the poem of the same name by Lorraine Walker Williams. Together they are an ArtPoem.
'Spring Tide' by Kit Hoisington, inspired by the poem of the same name by Lorraine Walker Williams. Together they are an ArtPoem.

Spring Tide

Surf churns,
carves a cliff up the beach,
sandpipers peck.
Breeze blows southerly,
wave fingers curl,
rise, rush-
rough water,
sanderlings huddle.

Spring tide rolls,
a roar, hiss, sizzle,
water crackle
sanded down.
Wave-talk constant,
sprays salt splash-
Gray washboard
hammered silver.

Spring tide surges,
swallows sand,
spits shells.
Sun slips warm,
sea whiskers
tickle toes.

Spring tide
slides toward
summer.

Lorraine Walker Williams

About this poem: I was walking along the Gulf mid-March and was taken with the sheer energy of the surf and its effect on the beach, a turning of the season. Later this poem was chosen by artist, Kit Hoisington who painted what she saw in the poem then added shells and sand to the painting and this became an ArtPoem.