Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"O" is for Ocean....

perceptions + quotes + reality =
A to Z Challenge




As I sit and watch the ocean
It appears to be calm, but it isn’t always.
I notice the sea gulls, waiting in anticipation
Of something-food, a storm, perhaps a companion.
They watch me closely,
As if in some way, I would provide for their needs.
In the west, the sun begins to set,
Losing its brightness like a burned out fire.
The tide inches in toward me.
I feel it’s closeness as it caresses the rock
Upon which I sit.
The splashes feel like cold tear drops
Against my arms and face.
The sky, which was once blue jeweled with the sun setting
Is turning a dark grey.
Clouds rumbling like the rushing waves.
It’s getting late now.
The tide’s moving again.
I feel cold and lonely as it ebbs away.
Losing the tide’s closeness
Waiting for it to reappear
Soft and calm.



“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.”


--Anonymous

33 comments:

Empty Nest Insider said...

Beautiful poem! I felt like I was there with your excellent imagery! Julie

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful poem. I live near the sea so very often find me gazing out at the ocean, many a problem gets solved there and it's so relaxing.

Yvonne.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Lovely poem. Nothing more soothing than the ocean.

Old Kitty said...

I love that the ocean is both healing and a comfort!! Lovely poem, thank you! Take care
x

Em-Musing said...

Beautiful poem. I now live by the Caribbean, and I could sit on the beach all day...and dream.

Catherine said...

This is a terrific "O" post Tracy! Good job!
xo Catherine

jen@ living a full life said...

Lovely poem. I grew up at the beach, the sound of the ocean is so calming, it's my happy place.

My Kid's Mom said...

Great poem. I've only been to the ocean twice but it was pretty awe inspiring both times.

Arkansas Patti said...

Lovely job of makeing the ocean come alive for us.
I love the ocean angry or calm. Each has its own beauty.

TexWisGirl said...

really beautifully done.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

A beautiful poem, Tracy. The words seem to ebb and flow like the tide. The imagery is lovely!

Bish Denham said...

Wonderful poem! I love the ocean for it's constantly changing moods and colors.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The ocean has always been my favorite place to visit, and its mesmerizing draw is deep-seated and almost magical. You've done a fine job of capturing those feelings in your poem. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I figured I'd return the favor in a quick fly-by, but since you've selected ocean for your O word, what can I say? I have no choice but to sign on as your newest groupie. Nice to meetcha!

Donna K. Weaver said...

That's lovely. I so enjoy the ocean. I've lived near it many times in my life and I miss it now. Though I love the mountains, too, which I have.

Hart Johnson said...

Very nice. I love the ocean, though my favorite ocean spot is oregon, which is NEVER calm. The Pacific against the rocks is ALL power. I love the enormity of it.

Tina said...

I love watching water....nice poem!

Just Be Real said...

Tracy lovely. I am close to the ocean and I can relate to your words here. Blessings and hugs.

Ruth said...

It made me feel like I was right there. Great!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Beautiful, Tracy! The photo and the poem!

Tracy Jo said...

Beautiful poem! I felt like I was sitting right there...thank you for that moment. :-)

*Sheila* said...

Beautiful. There is nowhere better for getting in touch with one's feelings, than at the ocean's edge.

'Sophia' said...

Beautiful photo and words....

"I feel it’s closeness as it caresses the rock.."

Hugs! xo

Julie said...

What a gorgeous poem! Loved it, and also loved the quote. Just perfect.

Ginny said...

A beautiful soft picture, and your post is like a poem today!

Journaling Woman said...

I LIKE it very much. My favorite is the last, Soft and Calm.

Teresa

Lynda R Young said...

Ha, I did a post for oceans as well for the Challenge. Your words are beautiful

DL Hammons said...

I am mesmerized by the ocean. I can stare at it for hours and hours! :)

Wanda said...

Your photo and poem was so beautiful. Loved every word.

I have a special relationship with the ocean....we are on first name basis.

We lived in Santa Barbara, CA when our youngest daughter was born (1970) and after I dropped the older children off at school, I would stop by the ocean and put Jill under my sweat shirt and nurse her...she'd fall asleep, and I'd take her home for her nap and my chores...Sweet memories.

Daisy said...

Lovely poem and photo, Tracy. I almost thought I was there by the ocean too for a minute or two there. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hmmmmmmmm.... How did I know that your "O" word would be OCEAN?????? ha ha....

I love the ocean too --and need that 'beach fix' at least once a year. BUT--the mountains are my passion...

Hope you get to the ocean soon.
Hugs,
Betsy

Nicole said...

The ocean is one of my favorite sources of inspiration!

Bonnie Gwyn said...

Beautiful poem, and beautiful blog. :) Haven't been to the ocean in a while - will hopefully change that soon!
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Bonnie Gwyn, returning your visit. :)
http://bonniegwyn.blogspot.com/

Cassam said...

Lovely peom, very dreamy. Love your blog.