Tide Turning (the poem), plus a couple of Turner tides

JMW Turner, The New Moon or, `I've lost My Boat, You shan't have Your Hoop exhibited 1840, Oil on Mahogany credit Tate, London SMALL (1)

The New Moon

Here is Nola’s lovely poem that we read last week at the conference, plus a couple of pictures of the sea and the tide (including the moon in the above image) by JMW Turner, that fantastic English artist, whom we also mentioned… Both pictures were painted in around 1840.

Tide turning

The ebb and flow of water coming and going,
Mysterious, relentless, constant
Always driven by some invisible force
Strong and powerful flowing in
Irrevocable flowing out
…and there, silent as the top of a quiet breath in
…a pause
– Name it and it is gone
– Catch it and it slips away

The space between the tides
The no-where land
Of being and not being
The unsung moment of power
The tide has turned.

Nola Inglis

JMW Turner Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate ,circa 1840 Oil on canvas credit Tate, London 2010 SMALL

Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate

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