Torrents ravage shores beset by surging waves,
As jetties are submerged by converging waves.

Snaking gales flail fog as caravels revolve
In maelstroms formed by converging waves.

Rainbows are pierced by slivers of lightning
Above piers smashed by surging waves.

Gold coins are polished by glistening foam
In the low dunes thrashed by surging waves.

Krill clot kelp clouds sinking in riptides
Where tornadoes rise from converging waves.

Seagulls shriek from reefs & crisp verges
A spike shine like knives under surging waves.

The lighthouse beam is a blade slicing
Through mist that streams from emerging waves.

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Steffen Horstmann learnt ghazal writing from Agha Shahid Ali at the University of Arizona. His poems and book reviews have appeared in Baltimore Review, Free State Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Louisiana Literature, Oyez Review, Texas Poetry Journal, Tiferet and many other publications.