The Tide

The early morning tide
Is low again,
Very low,
As if a giant sea monster came in the night
And gulped up half the harbor.
I often wish I could walk out there,
But I either don’t have the time,
Or the courage.

– Written by Anna Williams at Age 10
Barnstable, Massachusetts

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Anna Vera Williams is a poet, a photographer, a blogger, and a webmaster. She is the webmaster of Poems, Poets, & Poetry, which provides poetry resources and allows other poets to showcase their work. Her photographs can be found at Anna Vera's Photography, and her books and photos can be purchased at

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7 Responses to “The Tide”

  1. writerwoman Says:

    The last line is something that grips me. I am running out of time, it feels like, just as I am still trying to gather my courage.

  2. Ario Says:

    As if a giant sea monster came in the night
    And gulped up half the harbor.

    I really like this, especially in contrast to the deceivingly calm first lines.

    There is a sense of menace to this poem that draws me.

  3. Anna Says:

    Thanks guys. And to think after 22 years I finally get some feedback!

  4. Brian Says:

    gulped up half the harbor… amazing.

  5. S. Thomas Summers Says:

    nice work. very nice.

    now, left justify and play with your line breaks.

    S. Thomas Summers (Scott)

  6. writerwoman Says:

    Wow, I just realized you were only ten when you wrote that. Amazing!

  7. janetleigh Says:

    Them some mighty big words for a 10 year old, Anna.. ;> From the looks of it, you’ve been a prolific wordsmith since you were knee high, er, waist high. heh heh Your penchant for word play and poetry came at a very young age. What’s remarkable to me is the level of skill shown by your earliest works! Are your parents writers, perchance? Your poetry “gene” came from someone close, I’ll bet…:) I love your poetry!

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