seaweed (a poem)

seaweed like a corpse slices
across the beach, with tendrils
like emerald fingers clutching
for the briny, golden shore.

i walk to it, curiosity seeping
out of me, wondering why
it looks as if medusa’s scalp
has suddenly washed ashore.

where did this come from?
why now did the sublime sea
think it timely to spit up
this messy creature before me?

but eventually my interest
fades, just like the sunset
slipping across this
balance beam of horizon.

there is so much more here
than this beached seaweed:
there is the stab of mystery
that brings me to the edge.


Hello, my dear readers!

I am sorry I have been MIA lately (check out next Friday’s blog post for the explanation). You guys give me so much inspiration, and I do feel like I have been missing out in the past few days, as I have not been active on WordPress. That being said, I am back and very much excited to be part of this community’s happenings!

“seaweed” is a poem I wrote for creative writing class last autumn. It’s not one of my favorite poems, but I thought it would be applicable to this blog, as we like to discuss philosophy and mystery here at Katie Kay.

There is something poignant about things we cannot fully understand. Maybe what I mean by this is that we see something as vast and powerful as the ocean, and despite knowingΒ whatΒ it is, we’re not really able to fathom it completely. Okay, some of you skeptics out there are like: “Huh? What is this girl talking about?” But I’m here to say that when I look out into the vast beyond, I am normally quite astounded by the immense unknowns. We don’t know what all is there, despite having a basic understanding of what the ocean is.

Here I go again rambling, but I’m serious: Consider a place in nature, and think on it for a second. Maybe your place is a park in your hometown, or a mountaintop that has special meaning to you, or a beach where you dig your toes into the sand. Imagine yourself there, and then close your eyes. Hear the sound of the ocean, or the wind, or the whistle of the birds. Fully envision yourself there.

Now reflect on what you feel, what you’re thinking, what you’re imagining, as you dive into this place you’ve chosen. Probably you’ve found yourself wondering a whole lot more about your world than this special place in your heart.

Today I challenge you to take a moment and reflect on your life. We’re not guaranteed every day on this planet, so we must make the most of the time we’ve got. And for me, that’s finding solace in nature, even when things aren’t as pretty as they seem.

Okay! We will have a brighter post on Monday. I think Monday will be a “life” post, and then you can expect an “update” post next Friday, in which I explain what I’ve been up to.

I’m very excited to get back into the swing of reading your posts, and I mean that! Thank you for keeping up with me in the meantime.



20 thoughts on “seaweed (a poem)”

  1. Thank you Katie for the vivid reminder to enjoy the world around me. As your poem suggests, I feel so connected to nature because human existence is uniquely different from, yet, at the same time, interwoven with nature. Have a great day.

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  2. An intriguing poem Katie, I thought your first stanza was like the start of a thriller, and your last stanza like a piece of fantasy…. a totally interesting piece for me…..

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  3. Lovely sentiments. I think we assume that as humans, we know it all (or most things) – but in reality it’s the opposite.

    This piece reminded me a bit of the mysteries of the Mariana Trench. Some of the creatures in there almost seem like monsters – but they’re simply far out of our usual observation of sea creatures. A sign of how little we really know.

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    1. You are so right, Yacoob! And that’s where we have to remember that we don’t know it all, and we never will.

      And I love your observation! So incredible to think that there are still corners of our earth we have never explored. Much more to discover? πŸ’œ


      1. .Of course… because there’s so much on this planet we haven’t yet explored. And then there’s space, which is effectively limitless in terms of our ability to even travel or observe much beyond our own solar system.

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