On the Horizon

The wave glimmers and waits.
So still, it could be nothing but dry earth.
Or, it could be an ancient statue—

To see through those stone eyes,
a galloping horse over a dry land mass,
a race to fulfil the sunlight’s challenge.

We say, ‘we’—to name the new creature.
We hear its thunder.
It is born. The first wave crashes.


Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

4 thoughts on “On the Horizon

  1. Hi Robin.
    I’m glad you found poor little extrasimile. [Actually not so little. It rather astounds me that I’ve been doing this for so long. Six years!]
    Ah yes, the beach: sun, sand, the water…and a horse racing the sunrise across the sky.
    Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. John;
    Vacation? No, but I was at Jones Beach last weekend. [One of the best beaches in the world at your doorstep.]
    But, yes, I did grow up watching Howdy Doody.
    Hey kids, what time is it?
    [See youtube for more on Howdy Doody.]

  3. Are you on vacation Jim?!
    You’ve caught the moment of suspense here beautifully and aptly: in that wave and in the observer’s imagination. I like the leap from sea to land mass. Kowabunga indeed!

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