Tidal Waves

SUDDEN from out the vast bewildered sea,
Fierce tidal waves, like unchained monsters, break :
In cruel clutch the mightiest ships they take,
Tossing them high in fiendish jubilee;
Leaving them far inland, stranded hopelessly,
Worse wrecks than sharpest rock or reef can make.
At record of such wave, strange fancies wake,
Half wake, within me, as if memory
Recalled some life in other world.
There rolls
A dangerous sea, unseen, on which are borne
By fiercer tidal waves brave women’s souls
To barren inlands, where, too strong to die,
Even of thirst and loneliness and scorn,
Like ghastly stranded wrecks, long years they lie !
H. H.