THE BEAUFORT SCALE: FROM CALM TO HURRICANE by Sue Moules

 

 

 

 

 

 

A found poem 

 

CALM

Like a mirror, light air, slight ripples,

light breeze, small wavelets,

gentle breeze, large wavelets.

crests begin to break, a few white horses.

 

MODERATE BREEZE

Small waves, becoming longer-more frequent white horses

fresh breeze, moderate waves, longer form

many white horses, some spray,

strong breeze, larger waves, white foam crests,

extensive spray.

 

NEAR GALE

Sea leaps up, foam from breaking waves begins

to be blown in streaks in the direction of wind.

 

GALE

Moderately high waves of greater length,

crests breaking into spindrift,

foam blowing in well marked streaks.

 

STRONG GALE

High waves,

dense streaks of foam along direction of wind,

crests of waves begin to tumble over,

spray affects visibility.

 

STORM

Very high waves;

with long overhanging crests,

great patches of white foam

blown  in dense streaks

along wind direction,

surface of sea generally white

tumbling of sea becomes heavy,

visibility more affected.

 

 

VIOLENT STORM

Exceptionally high waves

(medium sized ships may at times

be lost to view behind the waves),

sea completely covered with long white patches of foam

along the direction of the wind,

cages of wave crests blown into froth,

bad visibility.

 

HURRICANE

Air is filled with foam and spray,

sea completely white with driving spray

visibility very seriously affected.

Copyright © Sue Moules, 2015.

 

sue moulesSue Moules has been published widely in literary magazines including Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, Planet, Ambit, The North, Orbis and Roundyhouse. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies: On My Life  (Honno), Exchanges  (Honno) , Poetry Wales 25 Years (Seren),The Ground Beneath Her Feet (Cinnamon),The Voice of Women in Wales (Wales Women’s Coalition), Of Cake and Words (Cledlyn), A Star Fell From Orion (Peter, Bridge and Stephen),and Poetry From Strata Florida. 

She has published three poetry collections: The Moth Box (Parthian), In The Green Seascape (Lapwing), and The Earth Singing (Lapwing). She also published a joint collection Mirror Image (Headland). She is a member of the poetry performance group Red Heron.

 

 

Photograph of the sea: Copyright © Jo Mazelis, 2015.