Post-weekend Poetry 018: ‘Waiting Game’ by Jackie Atkins

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the eighteenth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Jackie Atkins.

Waiting Game

Pintsized dabs of cotton balls nodding in the sea
Cloudy sprays of sea tingling sour braveries
Like towers leaning on a rocking horse dais

Layered sky of braced curtains shutting off the gilt
As sea gulls huddle on the beach for radiance
Promised to them if they endured the night-time blue

Like constant retainers, profiteers of the beach
Amass their time to press their revered covenant
Grasping rhythms of the day by never flinching

Waiting for their guarantee without a movement
Silent in this nakedness and faceless current
Unhesitating in their patient steadfast gaze

How I wish I could be them and stand so faithful
Never fretting, never flinching as a handmaid
Sustaining profounder horizons on the brink

I asked Jackie what prompted this piece and she said…

Though the wintertime on a summer beach is cold and windy the sea gulls are content to sit and wait in a huddle of fifty or more at a time with not a feather ruffled.

I love that. Thank you, Jackie.

Jackie Atkins is a television script writer who has recently sold an idea to Family Television Network. The planning is in the works for a 26 series to be developed by EWTN in Irondale, Alabama. For now, she is contented with writing theater reviews and commentary for, walking on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey and contemplating another short story. She has existed financially with jobs as a horse jockey, paralegal and bartender. Now she is at rest.

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