The Edge of the Wind – a poem from way back

The Edge of the Wind


The gull glides

With the freedom to seek its own destiny.

It moves by instinct

Beautifully through the air.

It has no beliefs that it would die for.


Hanging on the wind’s edge

Wings grip the sliding air

Suspended over the teeming crowds.


But I am the drifting skid

Of the edge of the wing

Slicing through the watery air.


I am the shriek of the pebble

In the distance

Screaming to be heard.


I am what the tree reaches for

Hung through the endless sky.

Turn your head and take delight.


Opher 1985



I wrote this long ago as part of my mystical series. I was taken with the idea of flying was really perpetual falling. Yet in that falling was freedom.

I was taken with the idea of living in the now instead of scheming for the future.

I was taken with the idea of consciousness. What was alive? What was the mystical element in the universe?

Shouldn’t we, like the gull, delight in the moment?

4 thoughts on “The Edge of the Wind – a poem from way back

  1. Namaste Opher 🙂

    How are you doing?

    There’s some great lines written here that flow from excellent observation. Gulls are amazing aviators and their flight truly a glide on the wind’s silken edge. I could watch them for hours and be inspired to dream as you are as well.

    Hoping life is treating you well and kindly. I’m still waiting on news of Connexion? 😉

    Take are. Namaste 🙂


    1. Thanks Dewin. Haven’t heard from you for a while. How are you doing?
      All good at this end. I am presently deep into writing a new Sci-fi book – God’s Bolt. Conexion is presently sitting with an editor. When I get it back I shall do what is necessary and then get it out. Hopefully that won’t take too long.

      1. Namaste Opher 🙂

        Credit where credit is due dude, the poem inspires and elevates, lifting heart mind and spirit just that little bit higher. I imagine you would relish the power of flight.

        Ah, so you’re putting pen to paper and hastening another novel to completion. That is excellent news…book number 51, or is more than that? One wonders where you get your energy and ideas from…you must have a bottomless seam of gold tucked away somewhere safe. I like the title, ‘God’s Bolt’, it has my mind racing for possible, plausible meaning.

        You’ve mentioned before the possibility of using a professional editor – what finally persuaded you to use this service? I look forward to reading Conexion and imagine it’ll be on the shelves by Christmas?

        Thanks for asking, I’m fine, and whilst I’ve been largely absent from WordPress – but for the occasional sortie, catch up or posting a poem – I’ve tried to keep abreast of other people’s blogs and visited here to see what was occurring. Generally speaking I’ve done little writing on-line either by way of comment or blog-post. Sometimes other areas of life take precedence and something has to give. No doubt I’ll be more active on-line during the winter months and far less inclined to be elsewhere other than in the warm in-front of my P.C and listening to Merlin 🙂

        Good luck with the current project. Have a pleasant evening.

        Take care. Namaste 🙂


      2. Well Dewin the ideas keep coming so I keep writing them – I think it is around 60 now.
        I know it’s stupid. I should spend some time marketing or getting them placed but life’s too short and I can’t be bothered. That’s nowhere near as enjoyable as letting free the reins of one’s imagination.
        God’s Bolt is an idea that has been in my head for a long while. One has to unpick the lock to find the vehicle to write it. It came to me. I am happy with its progress – maybe halfway through.
        Conexion is with a colleague of mine who has great editing skills. She will be extremely forensic and hold no punches. I await the aftermath of her scalpel with trepidation. Professional editing is not something I want to go down.
        I may have a go at hawking a few books around again to see if I get a bite.
        How is your published work doing?
        All the best to you Dewin – keep writing!

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