Adolescents on the sea

Poems by Nichita Stănescu

Adolescents on the sea

This sea is covered with adolescents
learning to walk on waves, upright,
sometimes resting their arms on the currents,
sometimes gripping a stiff beam of sunlight.
I lie on the broad beach, an angled shape, cut perfectly,
and I ponder them like travelers landing.
An infinite fleet of yawls. I wait to see
a false step, or at least a grounding
up to knee in the diaphanous swell
beneath their measured progress, sounding.
But they are slim and calm - as well,
they've learned to walk on waves - and standing.
Poems by Nichita Stănescu.
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Nichita Stănescu (1933 - 1983) Romanian poet

Was born on: 31 mar 1933.
Died on 13 dec 1983, at 50 years old.