Sea Legs | A Poem


The wind is banging my front door with its
big, angry fist forged right out of the sea and strong enough to carry boats from coast
to coast, because I’ve always thought them too heavy to float. Whereas I am too light to sink. Not into slumbers
nor bathtubs nor transcendental hazes, I am simply here at sea level. Lousy perspective, sea level.
You can’t see what’s happening right under your nose,
Under your seaweed-green toes. I suppose I would choose the sky, then.
Birds eye then I’d fly then
I’d show them. All the coasts are moving closer and I know
that’s not what they say but trust me, neighbours are reaching out and one day hands will touch
and they’ll be pulled right over. Fine. But my island is mine, ours sometimes,
and people seem frantic, building rafts at the Atlantic but I told you:
They shouldn’t be able to float. That was a poem called sea legs which is in
a collection of poems called Sea Legs and Other Stories which I actually put on my big
cartel just a few days ago and you can download it as a pdf/ebook type format if you’d like
to and lots of you have already so thank you very much.
Please don’t feel obligated to but it’s 13 poems and I think only one of them is on youtube
so far. Well this one makes two. So it’s all kind of new things that I’ve written over
the past couple of years. And I hope you like them. goodbye.

55 thoughts on “Sea Legs | A Poem

  1. Hi!
    This poem is about feeling like the world is shrinking in around you and people can reach you too easily, despite the fact you live on an island. I love writing about the sea. I can't even swim! Fun. Also don't watch in HD my skin is gross

  2. Aw Candice, love it <3 I'm definitely checking out those poems πŸ˜„

  3. This is so incredibly beautiful. And you really did find all the right words which I find very hard to do. Also, can we just all have a moment to appreciate your voice?

  4. Loved this. Beautiful. I will have to get this collection πŸ™‚

  5. Have you considered releasing an audio version of your poetry collection (maybe even with a description after each poem or as an extra at the end)? You just have such a lovely voice. It really suits reading poetry. All the more so if it's your own.

  6. This poem was absolutely gorgeous and was so different and interesting to any poems I've heard before. I will certainly be purchasing your poems.

  7. this. is amazing. ahhh!! well done you!!! im gonna get the poems the moment i have money to bank which is hopefully soon <3

  8. It is beautiful and calming… and so many different images went trough my head while I was listening ^o^

  9. beautiful poem Candice reminds me of a moment in childhood like a dream upon waking

  10. Candice, I love, love, love your poetry. I know that because I can never just read/hear it just once. It requires more thought and appreciation. Sometimes I just have 'Fish Bowl' on repeat! Is your collection an accumulation of poetry you've written over quite a lot of your life or have you only just got into it in the last couple of years? Much love and admiration <3 xxx

  11. I got the collection a couple of days ago and really loved it! Thank you for sharing your work, it's lovely to read (or listen to).

  12. Would love an audio book version of these! The way you read them is so visceral!

  13. This is so amazing, I love it. Thank you. I'm off to get the book πŸ™‚

  14. Love it! Dodie already mentioned it and I was waiting for you to announce it on your channel πŸ™‚ I feel like listening to this poem with the sound of crashing waves in the background… opens tab

  15. Hey Candice, I bought your poems the other day and I absolutely love them! Thank you x

  16. Hi Candice, I bought your poems and I think they are wonderful. I liked Story About Someone You Don't Know the best. Well done!

  17. Absolutely lovely <3 Good for you for putting your poems out there! Very, very brave.

  18. This is awesome! My english class started a poetry unit today, and now I'm even more excited about it! πŸ˜€

  19. One day, students are going to be studying your poems in English class, and they're all going to marvel at how wonderful your writing is, and they're going to wish they could write like you, and they're going to write their own poems because they're so inspired by yours. You are spectacular.

  20. I don't understand what you're saying, but I love to ear you talking … you're accent is beautiful !! ^^

  21. This was beautiful! Just what I love, you should consider performing in slam poetry because your poems are meant to be spoken the way you did. Congratulations on your new book!

  22. This is lovely – it has a great feel to it, and as ever your voice is perfect for reading poetry:) also, great knitwear

  23. This is beautiful, and I love that it talks about wanting not to be reached to easily, since I often hear about the opposite. <3

  24. This was lovely, gave me a great imagery aswell, like in my head I could actually see the rafts and waves and islands πŸ™‚

  25. is it there for limited time only or can I download it later (maybe next month or so?). loved this poem btw, really want to read the rest

  26. this is just so nice and calming to listen to! a great poem as wellπŸ’—

  27. Candice, I wanted you to know that this video inspired me to write a song, breaking my songwriting dry spell of about 6 months πŸ™‚ I loved the poem and the term 'sea legs' immediately spoke to me, and suddenly this whole lyric poured out. I used a somewhat different metaphorical meaning, but the whole sea-inspiration is there too, and in the music too. Very happy about it all! If you'd like to hear it, the video is in my recent uploads (it's also called Sea Legs), I'm not going to link it here because I don't want this to look like a spammy go-watch-my-video type comment because it's not, it's a thank you for the inspiration. Thank you!!

  28. Absolutely wonderful poem. I cannot stop listening to the gorgeous words. Thank you πŸ˜€

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