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in this sea of  air

hoping desperately

not to drown

learning to swim against the tide

yearning to float to the top

or at the least

avoid sinking to the depths


only managing

to gasp for one more breath

in this sea of  air

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inspired  in  part  by ~

“Sea of  Air”    Portugal.  The Man

artwork ~   “Masculine Wave”    Katsushika Hokusai
{  public domain }

Katsushika Hokusai was a brilliant artist, ukiyo-e painter and print maker, best known for his wood block print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, which contain the prints The Great Wave and Fuji in Clear Weather. These prints are famous both in Japan and overseas, and have left a lasting image in the worldwide art world. Hokusai’s artistic influence has stretched to have affected the Art Nouveau style in Europe, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Hermann Obrist, all of whom have themes similar to Hokusai’s.

Hokusai began painting at the age of six, and by 18 he had been accepted into the Katsukawa Shunsho school, which honed his skills as a ukiyo-e artist, in which he specialized in wood-block prints and painting. After Shunsho’s death, Hokusai was expelled from the school by a rival, a humiliating experience which he later credited to his created development and artistic growth. This expulsion helped him break from the traditional ukiyo-e style of painting portraits of courtesans and actors, and begin painting landscapes and images of daily life. This change of subject was a breakthrough in both the ukiyo-e style as well as his career. He eventually broke from all other schools of painting and began teaching other students, over fifty in his lifetime.

Hokusai was a master of self-promotion. In 1804 he created a 600 foot painting of a Buddhist priest with a bucket of paint and a broom as a paint brush. There is also a story of how he won a painting competition in the court of the Shogun with a blue curve, a chicken with feet dipped in red paint, and in inventive and artistic explanation. At the age of 88, on his deathbed, it is said that he exclaimed that he needed only five more years of life, in order to become a real painter.

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #252    at    Poets United
this should have been  for Sumana Roy’s  prompt last Wednesday  Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Waves  and i  think that was at the back of  my mind,  especially in selecting the artwork.  unfortunately,  muse did not  pay a visit until Saturday night  but i  would like to thank Sumana  for the inspiration.

and thank you,  Mary!

Weekend Mini Challenge–Connect the Chimes    at   imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:  “…for whom the bell tolls”  from  ‘No Man Is An Island’ by John Donne
there were options given,  and i went with the original idea of  using repetition of  a phrase,  though i  think there is a connection to all human beings in our struggles to get through life.

thank you, Karin!



Filed under Creative Every Day, imaginary garden with real toads, NaBloPoMo, poetry, Poets United, Post-A-Day

19 responses to “· •Ꮿ• Ꮾ · sea of air · Ꮽ •Ꮿ• ·

  1. X

    Perhaps we have to be willing to go with the tide instead of fighting it. Sometimes. But I guess if we always rise to one more breathe, then we are still living.

  2. What a beautiful poem accompanied by fabulous choice of artwork :D
    Lots of love

  3. What an wonderful image by Hokusai… Almost abstract.. it is also a perfect illustration to your poem. The sea of air is a wonderful metaphor for the suffering,

  4. I feel the struggle in this poem, Dani! Learning to swim against the tide is not easily…but sometimes we have to keep up the effort and continue to take just one more breath….and then another!

  5. peggygoetz

    I love the images of Hokusai and also enjoyed reading your poem.

  6. A wonderful post….I know that feeling, in your poem…….well done.

  7. There is still hope even when we ‘learning to swim against the tide’…we keep fighting.

  8. Drowning in the sea of air is very like being under a bell–it sure is a struggle. Thanks for joining in. K.

  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    A beautiful response to your inspiration.

  10. Ah! beautiful, we all sometimes drown deep only to rise later on.

  11. Life is indeed like swimming in that roil of water, fighting for breath, yet also borne up as much as dragged down–I love the drawing, too.

  12. ZQ

    Food for thought as I push through the air :-)

  13. thanks for composing the wave poem so beautifully dani…this brings home to us about great power of the soul to rise above everything else…”learning to swim against the tide / yearning to float to the top / or at the least / avoid sinking to the depths”…my favorite lines….

  14. Love the format here almost as much as the beautiful words.

  15. I love the sea of air image – it made me think of air too thick to breathe in. The extended metaphor created a feeling of helplessness but also of determination.

  16. The plenty isn’t always good for us.

  17. The phrase and image ‘sea of air’ is so rich and poignant and this entire thing is a brilliant commentary on far too many people’s lives these days!!

  18. The struggle is real. Well done, Dani.

  19. I’m a true fan of the art of block printing! Loved your choice of art, words and that song.. Haven’t heard it before now and that’s the joy of visiting myheartslovesongs, inspiring vibes and tunes:-)

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