Diving In: A Poem

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I breathed the salty air into my nostrils


I kicked a cracked shell with my tired feet


It was hard to inhale; my lungs weren't pumping full


I couldn't find a purpose, the past result was only defeat



Then when I could take no more miserable musings, I lifted my head


I gazed aghast at a horizon filled with a reflective, bejeweled sea


It was then that I pondered the former life that I had led


I knew in my heart that following my own desires was not the way to be



I realized in that moment that there was a higher purpose in my life


He wanted me to be distinct, to do something for the good of all


I had been so focused on my own pleasure and my own strife


I had not heeded His will; not obeyed His divine call

As I stared out at the majestic sea of rolling waves,


I knew that I had to push aside the selfishness in my soul


Anything that I wanted was fruitless, temporary craves


And it was at that moment that I let God seep in and take control...

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Serene, spectacular poem and photo!


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Sunshine625! :)


5 years ago

In faith, such deep impressions of Creation lead to the Creator, right?


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Correct :)


5 years ago

Anyway the photo makes the reader want to walk into the ocean...


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Then it did its job. lol


5 years ago

Yes, well it sort of says, just pull off your pants and wade in (if the person is wearing swimming shorts or a triangle of course). The blue water is so inviting.


5 years ago

PS: maybe the blue in the picture has been enhanced digitally...


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

It probably has been enhanced some. It looks more like pool water lol.


5 years ago

I just noticed the inhaling reference again; a bit of a recurring theme in your work, maybe?


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Perhaps; I guess I like to compare spiritual living with breathing for some reason.


5 years ago

You've mentioned 'inhaling' and 'exhaling' quite a lot, anyway, in your poems.

It's an effective figure of speech, in any case.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks! I guess I enjoyed it so much that I didn't realize I was using it in several poems.


5 years ago

YW.

Something I noticed, anyway.

I guess smokers would say it's something that they savor doing, too (but not everyone wants to try this).

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I meant it as a metaphor for breathing not for smoking, but anyone is free to interpret my writing as they wish.


5 years ago

Oh well; maybe there are some smokers out there who, as they read your poem will be getting their nicotine stimulus :).

Actually, looking again at your poem closely, it does also mention 'pumping' and 'craves', which are very much part of the smoking man or woman's vocabulary.

(Interesting.)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Haha; 'nicotine stimulus': that's quite funny.

That's interesting; I didn't mean to make that metaphor at all. lol


5 years ago

Well, it's what happens. :)

Especially if the man or woman drags twice in succession (double pumping) before exhaling.

But I realize you didn't have this primarily in mind.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Well, thanks for sharing anyway.


5 years ago

YW. I guess your mom wouldn't want you trying it anywhere around the house, even if you were inclined to, which I don't think you are.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Lol I'm not inclined to do so, but she definitely wouldn't want me to do it in the house!


5 years ago

...unless she happen to be accustomed to doing it herself; then she's be okay with others doing it. (Funny how this works.)

Same with lots of stuff, between moms and daughters/sons.

Blessings.


5 years ago

PS: I'm not suggesting your mom does want to smoke! just commenting on the order in which things seems to happen between moms and their families. Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, you make sense.

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