Ocean Eyes - Searching for Heritage ... Sunny River's Poetry Challenge

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I wrote this poem when I first heard of Sunny's poetry challenge a couple of weeks ago.


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At water’s edge, my widow’s call

Awaits the moon-tide’s distant fall.

In fluid ebbs that endless break,

I wandered thus for ages’ sake

To hear the voice of ancient man

In songs of when the world began;


I sensed the thousand Pilgrim cries

That shadowed me with ocean eyes

While searching for the cradle’s keep

Where secrets rest eternal deep;


Oh, fate, such longings summoned me,

To pleasing, formless, boundless be

In running winds that swiftly bring

A soaring free on tempest wing!


Now, breathless, cast upon the shore

Beyond the swaying, lulling door

With whispers low in soft retreat…

‘Illusions are by nature sweet’ …

This drifting, shifting, tumbling blue

That shed my soul to wed anew.



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From John Butler's 'Ocean' - 'Searching for Heritage'

Butler’s superb instrumental reminds me of the movements and driving force of the ocean; its strong, rhythmic tides, currents and diverse, colorful inhabitants. Sailing in a good wind…and all ocean creatures, great and small. Jellyfish twirl like ribbons; sea robins walk the ocean floor, while marlin and sailfish propel through the water at speeds of 50 to 60+ miles per hour with varying duration. We are taken on this journey...as in life; recalling memories we had thought were forgotten, with the flow of all things, always moving, searching, heading somewhere, reconnecting to the soul.



'Ocean Eyes' Read by Mike Friedman of Mockingbird Books

Thank you, Mike, for this new video. This is beautiful!

The link to Mockingbird Books website: http://mockingbird-books.weebly.com/ Hubpages: Mckbirdbks.


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77 comments

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, Genna - Your descriptive lines dug deep into history and touched every fiber of my being. You are a born poet with a magnificent gift. I love this so much. Will share with many. Thank you!


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W1totalk 3 years ago

This process sounds tireless and epic. Wonderful poem.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

My goodness, dear Genna, you are truly one fine poet! Very moving piece here. So glad you have shared it ... after a couple weeks!

I am always blown away when reading your amazing poetry and short stories, for you do have such a wonderful gift!

Up ++++ and sharing

Blessings always,

Faith Reaper


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

A lovely and lyrical paen to man's yearnings and our restlessness begun in the shifting tides: our blood yet borrowed from the elixer that cradled us as we formed into the amoeba which became man..

I love your poetry

Bob x


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow, Genna ..im spoeechless a very poetic gathering of words


DnWW 3 years ago

I know you don’t like to write poetry on this site much anymore but I sincerely hope that you are still writing. You’ve reached a new level with your poetry. This is brilliant! I was blown away by your Pilgrim metaphor and the relationship and connections between nature’s soul and our own. Stunning work Gen.

Dana


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful poem, Genna. The shifting tides of the ocean can certainly inspire us. I am so glad you feel cleansed and refreshed!


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Genna, this is a beautiful poem. It really takes me away to a place of quiet and longing. Very well done. I did not know about the poetry challenge. Where do I find the original challenge post?


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is really quite beautiful, Genna. You had me from the opening line and held my attention throughout. Well done my friend.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi everyone. I love and appreciate all of your comments. :-)

The “Pilgrim” in the poem means the obvious, but also that we are still each Pilgrims, today, in our relationship with the ocean and our searching for answers. Nature has a soul that is part of our own…especially, the ocean and our beginnings through God’s gifts. When we disassociate ourselves from nature – our life support systems -- we lose part of our soul, if not all of it eventually. Sometimes, the ocean, through fate, makes that decision for us. Not understanding this is part of the illusion since we also lose our heritage.

The rhythmic cadence and motion of the tides are controlled by the movement of our planet and gravitational forces of moon and the sun…but they exist within all of us. This great body of water is beautiful, exciting and dangerous. Whether searching for answers, redemption or an inner peace, we are drawn to nature’s liquid infusion with an irresistible longing. We listen or wait for something, but cannot define what that “something” is. This, in a sense, is the paradox. A friend of mine once commented, “The ocean is like coming home. But we can’t go home.”

@Vocal Coach

Thank you! “Going deep” was my intent in this poem. I am happy that you picked on this. :-)

@W1ToTalk

Hello. Thank you for the visit and your comments.

@Faith Reaper

Faith, you make me blush a little with your generous comments. Thank you; it is always a pleasure and a treasure to see you, my friend.

@Diogenes

Thank you, Bob. It hurts me to see how we are slowly destroying what God gave us; too much of ocean life and ecosystems are disappearing. I appreciate those thoughtful and perceptive words. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@FrankAtancio

Hi Frank...I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I appreciate that lovely comment. Thank you.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@DnWW

Hi Dana! Thank you my sweet friend. I think the poem still needs a little work, but am grateful you liked it. Hugs to Molly. And, yes, I’m still writing poetry. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Suzettenaples

Hi Suzette. Yes, they certainly can inspire us. Thank you!

@Phyllis Doyle

Hello Phyllis. Thank you for that lovely comment. I just inserted a link to Sunny’s hub about the poetry challenge, above, in the introduction. I should have thought of this before. (I hope I did this right…I am not well versed in this.) Good to see you! :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@billybuc

Hi there. I always like to hear how something I write really holds the reader’s interest and attention. And coming from you, that is praise indeed. Thank you! :-)


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A truly beautiful poem, a real gem.


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Thank you, Genna. You did do the link correctly and it took me right to her page. I also found her second poem challenge and think I will go with that one -- I like the phrases she has in #2 challenge.


DnWW 3 years ago

Gen I forgot to add: Butler’s instrumental fits this fine poem like a glove. Like your comment above ------ ‘Rhythmic cadence and motion,’ Beautiful, exciting and dangerous.’ ‘Ocean Eyes - Searching for Heritage’ is thought provoking and beautiful.

Dana


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

In diamond grading they speak of Shape, Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight. Here in your poetry we see the same elements. Your pen cuts your words into the exact shape your will demands; they are polished to the hue of your choosing; the carat weight is perfectly matched to the setting and there is flawless clarity.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

This piece is powerful and beautiful.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I read this yesterday and again today. It is so beautiful. Your words are awesome. I can sit by the ocean all day and just dream. Your poetry put me there. Thank you my poet friend..


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Sunny River 3 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

Oh this was lovely! Such flow and rhythm. You painted such a beautiful picture for me. Loved it! Great job! :)


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...beautiful poem. The blue wave among wonderful words. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

Prasetio


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Lilting, hopeful and profoundly deep, dear Genna.

You have met this poetic challenge admirably and with grace.

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Absolutely loved this poem Genna. It has everything and deserves all the praise it gets. A wonderful answer to the poem challenge. Voted up. Love John Butler too.


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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Stunning. Rhythmic, sensical rhymes. Powerful, embedded meaning. A fascinating through line. Stunning.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Genna, this beautiful poem of yours triggered my thoughts again about genetic memory - something I am pondering for years now, and all of a sudden I see articles on the Internet about scientific research in this very topic. So easy to contemplate - during the period when water and land were not yet separated we must have been a gene in a creature who were living in water. And therefore water - whether ocean, lake, river, creek, pool or pond - attracts us and even arouse nostalgia, as a single chromosome inside us mourns a life it once had.

‘Illusions are by nature sweet’ and so are most lasting memories.

Beautiful, Genna! Your profound explanation of the poem as well...

Deep thoughts!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@BlossomSB

Thank you, Blossom!

@PhyllisDoyle

I’m pleased the link worked. I haven’t read the second challenge, but will head over there in a few minutes. I look forward to reading your poem.

@DnWW

Hi Dana. Isn't Butler amazing? I love much of his work. Thank you for that special comment, my kind friend. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Mckbirdbks

Mike, that is perhaps one of the finest comments I have ever received…and from a writer I truly admire. Thank you so much! :-)

@Breakfastpop

I am pleased you liked the poem; thanks for the visit and words of encouragement.

@AlwaysExploring

Hi Ruby. I am a fan of your poetry as well, so your kind words mean a lot to me. Thank you…it is good to see you – always. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@SunnyRiver

Hi there! Your poem challenges are fun and inspiring, Sunny. Thank you for the words of encouragement and support. I hope you are enjoying your week.

@Prasetio

I just visited your recent hub…you always gift us with some new and interesting. Thank you for those special words, and for your vote.

@Marcoujor

Hello, dear Maria. :-) Thank you. Your comments always help to make my day special. Hugs.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Jodah

Hello Jodah and welcome. Thank you! Yes, Butler is in a class and style all his own. Good to see you, and I look forward to reading your poetry. :-)

@Storytellersrus

I like what you said about the “powerful imbedded meaning.” That is exactly what I had hoped to accomplish. I appreciate those generous comments. Thank you. :-)

@MartieCoetser

“Genetic memory.” I love that phrase…and it is spot on as it relates to this poem. “Mourns a life it once had…” Your words are poetry. I was a little reticent about writing this since this is the third or fourth piece I’ve written for the hub about the ocean. I was worried that some might roll their eyes and think, “Oh brother…here she goes again.” The ocean and I are joined at the hip of thought and genetic memory. It is somehow hardwired into my DNA. Thank you for those lovely comments, Martie. :-)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This poem is just beautiful. I love history and thought of the pilgrims as I read your touching words. This is one of the best poems I have read on Hubpages. I do hope you will continue to write your poetry.


Maya 3 years ago

I was going to send you an e-mail but decided instead to offer a comment. My chin dropped in awe with this arresting poem and instrumentation. Your wording has a duality of meaning that impels us to look beneath the surface. I see by your comment you think this needs a little work. I’m guessing you wanted to add a stanza following ‘tempest wing’? It works quite well as is. Either way, it’s your call. Love the way you push away at the edges of traditional forms. Beautiful!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your beautiful poetry, Genna, is not only meaningful but melodious. It seemed like a song while I was reading it. Thank you for this lovely treat.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Genna - for someone such as I without a real twinge of connection to an ocean, I've been taken on a Jules Verne-like voyage into its history and mystery on the undulating waves of your words. These lines especially thrill me:

Now, breathless, cast upon the shore

Beyond the swaying, lulling door

That whispered low in soft retreat…

‘Illusions are by nature sweet’ …

Your musical choice is also beyond the usual. I've never heard guitar played like that!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Pamela99

Hi Pam;

What a wonderful thing to say. That’s one of nicest compliments I could hope for. Thank you, and I’m pleased you enjoyed the poem. :-)

@Maya

Maya! How good to see you. :-) You’re right about that extra stanza…very perceptive. But I thought I would leave it alone. I haven’t matured as poet yet, or rather, my poetry hasn’t yet matured. I’m at the door, so to speak…I just have to make up my mind to walk through it. Thanks so much for that lovely comment. Hugs, dear friend.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@drbj

Hi there.

The ocean is melodic in so many ways, with its rhythmic moves and life…it has many songs. Thank you for those nice words. I so appreciate them. :-)

@Nellieanna

Oddly enough, I’ve never read Verne. He once described the seas as, “The 'Living Infinite...” I just love that quote! :-)

Butler is amazing – isn’t he? His innovative compositions and work with the amplified acoustic guitar have earned him critical acclaim. (His band is ‘The John Butler Trio’.) He was born in the states but grew up in Australia, and is a staunch advocate of environmental protection. Beyond the obvious, the above instrumental also reminds me of the movements and driving force of the ocean; its strong, rhythmic tides, currents and diverse, colorful inhabitants. Sailing in a good wind…and all ocean creatures, great and small. Jellyfish twirl like ribbons; sea robins walk on the ocean floor, while marlin and sailfish can propel through the water at speeds of 50 to 60+ miles per hour with varying durations.

Thank you for that special comment, dear Nellieanna. As one of my favorite poets, I very much value your thoughts and perspectives. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, Butler IS amazing. Thank you for this introduction. His playing technique is so innovative and unique. I couldn’t detect that he even uses a guitar pick. He literally ‘plays’ every surface & feather of the instrument! His composition and rendition are way above the ordinary. He’s a poet and an artist of the guitar. Yes, this selection you included does seem to capture the presence of the ocean in its many aspects.

Oddly enough, though my experiences with ocean are limited and not especially wonderful, I feel more kinship with the Pacific as I’ve viewed it from the west coast, though.

I’ve been fascinated with stories about the ocean, from Jules Verne to historical sea stories and melodramatic ones in the 40s to the likes of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld (which I admit didn’t draw me in. -That’s too much water for this landlubbbing desert rat!)

I’ve personally enjoyed lakes & rivers and sailing & boating on them. I’ve been in the Gulf on a boat & spent lots of time over the rail. haha. I love to swim, especially underwater. Yet somehow, there is something about an ocean (particularly when viewed from eastern shores, from which they’ve been wild and untamed) which unnerves me. I would not prefer to live on a beach or seashore, though I understand those who do. My George was a Navy man and loved it, and I’ve other Navy friends who just can’t be parted from the ocean far or long. Perhaps it’s like a love-hate relationship for me.

The love: My ranch was once part of the floor of a shallow ocean that virtually covered this continent. I find large and small seashell fossils there all the time. Its canyons were etched by those waters, and have been dug deeper by rain runoff ever since.

I’ve written numerous poetry referring to the sea and water. I might make a hub featuring some of those as a theme. I realize how often I refer to sea and shore in very positive ways. There seems to be no theme as perfect for poetry as an undercurrent of sea. Yours proves it! Yes, Verne’s description of sea as “the living infinite” fits - and, oddly, seems to be a thought that has permeating some of my own poetry about it. I love the infinite quality of sea and that it contains the basic elements for LIFE on earth. May I share one of mine which expresses this thought?

DIVINE INFINITY

My soul has crest

Upon the shores

Of life and love,

And there, expressed

Its deepest self,

Suckling

At the breast

Of Mother Earth -

And then returned to sea

To quest

Once more

For being

In rhythmic pulse,

Eternally.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

3-21-72


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A truly wonderful poem with images of the ocean in my mind...


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Nellieanna

Hello Nellieanna.

Butler uses fake, acrylic fingernails as guitar picks, which must help with his down stroking. (It must make handling things in every-day life a tiny bit awkward.) They are much shorter on his left hand, of course, which he uses to play and move on and between the frets on the neck of the guitar. We are both in awe of this musician and, as you so aptly defined, his poetry of artistry.

I haven’t seen the Pacific in years; not since I lived and worked in LA, from the beaches of Malibu and points further north. It is extraordinary. I agree that Costner’s Waterworld was a bit much – even for me. And you have Gulf access via Texas…I’ve only seen it from Marco Island, Florida where the watercolor nearer the white beaches is like a pale emerald green – beautiful! Your George was Navy man; I’ve never met one who didn’t love that water. :-) My Sosh loves it as well, but he doesn’t like to sail. Your ranch sounds like heaven, Nellieanna.

Your instincts are right, Nell, because the ocean can be very dangerous. My Dad loved the ocean but preferred fresh water, like you. Mom was born here and grew up spending much time in Craigville Beach on the Vineyard. I swear that lovely, remarkable woman was part dolphin. :-) (Also a Pices.) I‘d love to read your hub with these themes, and loved your poem. With regard to the ocean and sea waters, we are like the orphaned child, searching for that cradle.

@GypsyRoseLee

Hi, Rasma. Thank you for that sweet comment; the ocean is an infinite source of inspiration. Good to see you. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I wondered if those were his real fingernails. Just think of having not just one guitar pick but five!

For several years, I had those fake nails when I was a Mary Kay sales director and was expected to ‘look the part’. My nails have never been my long suit. I do too many things with my hands. So I resorted to those fake nails and curtailed some of my more carefree hand-applications for the duration. The horrible result was that eventually I got fungus growths under them, and now, ever since, for almost 30 years, I can’t wear nail polish or my nails peel off in layers. Plus they are rippled, grow sort of square which makes corners to snag, and they either break easily or are like concrete. So I can only imagine the possible glitches that Butler may endure. But he is a musical genius.

I’ve spent many a summer afternoon in a Sunfish sailboat on Whiterock Lake (a 1000 acre lake in the city limits very near my house here) enjoying it, including tipping over and getting dunked. That was long before I lived in this house, however. I’ve also spent a couple of idyllic afternoons on a rather nice sailboat on the Ohio River near Lousville and one incredible chilly October day, tied to the dock somewhere on the Connecticut coast in a small yacht, riding out a huge storm, eating Mulligatawny stew in the galley and drinking lots of good stuff. I rather take to sailing in various unlikely places and on various unlikely sailboats!

My mother painted a picture of the Gulf and one of the Pacific. The Pacific was placid and blue. The Gulf was wild and green. They seemed to capture the spirit of each of the bodies of water. I’ve spent a night on Padre Island on the Gulf and didn’t sleep a wink, though I’m the world’s soundest sleeper normally. The Gulf is even scarier than the Atlantic to this desert rat whose preference of an animal she’d be if not human would be a dolphin! Go figure! haha.

My mother worked summers to help pay college expenses at a resort on Lake Michigan and was like a fish, too. You are so right that Pisces love water, at least all I know do, though Mother was a Sagittarius. I’m Aquarius, which is not a water sign, in spite of its inference. It’s an air sign who likes to carry the water in a jug to humanity who thirsts for knowledge and comfort (represented by the water). I am unafraid of inland water.

I believe you're right that we are like orphans pining for our watery cradle. It's fascinating.

Tonight I realized, though, another of my negative relationships with water. One thing I can’t bear is to get my clothing wet if it touches my skin! Was washing dishes and had on too many layers of tops. My long rubber gloves slid down and let one of my sleeves get wet. I couldn’t move fast enough to get up the stairs and get off all three layers of tops and into my flannel jammies - (with a dry cuddl-duds top under the top). I’ve noticed my phobia before and wonder if maybe they didn’t change my wet diapers quickly enough. Also I hate baggy pants: - another possible phobia that could be attributed to wet sagging wet cloth diapers! haha. Such silly ponderings! Probably a sign I need to get to bed!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Absolutely beautiful poem! It makes you think of those who came with dreams long ago and is an inspiration for all of us today.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is a beautiful poem and brings many comforts to my mind. You certainly have a talent for beauty in words.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh Genna! I now have a new favorite by you. Absolutely loved this!!!

Shared, tweeted, voted +++ and pinning too so that I can come back and read this again and again. It made my heart soar.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Nellieanna.

My goodness, what a tale about your fingernails. I don’t wear acrylics anymore as I have read too many similar stories. You are not alone, my friend.

“The Gulf is even scarier than the Atlantic to this desert rat whose preference of an animal she’d be if not human would be a dolphin! Go figure! haha.” I would pick dolphin, as well. :-) :-)

Aquarius is a wonderful sign. My Sosh is one, as well as my new infant granddaughter. People often confuse this as water sign, but it’s an air sign.

Not silly ponderings at all. Many share your dislike of getting their clothes wet. I can relate because it is the clamminess that bothers me. Yuck!

Have a great week, Nellieanna, and thanks ever so much for your wonderful comments!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@ Bravewarrior

Thank you! Good to see you, and my very best wishes for the holidays.

@Teaches1234

Thank you for that lovely compliment, Teaches. It made my day. :-)

@JustAskSusan

What a very special comment, Susan. I am humbly flattered and grateful. Thank you!

My best wishes to everyone for a merry and happy holiday season! :-)


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I'm so happy to have stumbled onto this wonderful poem, thank you for sharing.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, tobusiness. Welcome, and I appreciate those kind words. :-)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a treat to have your beautiful words to the sound of Mike's soothing voice, Genna.

Now that is a winning combination for sure! Hugs to you both, Maria


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I just read Maria's comment and realized I'd missed Mike's lovely reading of your poem! Oh, my! That really is a treat: your words spoken by Mike against the backdrop of gorgeous pictures. Just wonderful!

And thank you for the kind and fun reply to my babbling comment before. We just need an afternoon over tea to just talk till we run out~ :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Marcojour

Hi Maria. Isn’t Mike wonderful? I was thrilled with the video. Thank you that encouraging comment. Hugs.

@Nellieanna

Hi there. This was added recently. I agree…Mike’s video is just superb!

“We just need an afternoon over tea to just talk till we run out.” Lol. Yes, we do. Have a great week, Nellieanna. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

. . . or at least till I run out. hehe. It's good to have people with whom to share one's thoughts when they seem to need to be shared. Most of my life, I had little need or opportunity to. Sometimes I'm like a kid in a newly discovered candy shop!

I am having a superb week. Hope you are, too! Hugs!


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markdarmafall 3 years ago from Moundsville,WV

Beautiful poem. It took me back in time to when I used to live in Myrtle Beach and played at the ocean with my kids. So refreshing.

Mark


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Nellieanna

I agree! Yes, this week has been hectic, but fun. :-)

@Markdarmafall

Thank you, Mark. The ocean means so many things to each of us...playing with our children at the beach is a very special memory. Thank you for that nice comment. :-)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is very good, my kind of poetry! ^


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Jackie.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas. :-)


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

This is awesome. I have such a passion for the oceans. Absolutley love this.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Dim;

Many share your passion, Dim. I love nature, but the ocean has always held a particular fascination for me. Thank you for that special comment. Good to see you, and my best wishes for a Happy New Year. :-)


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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Very nice Genna, hope you have a wonderful day

God Bless you

~~~Shalom~~~


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Lady...

My apologies for not responding sooner. Thank you for the visit, and encouraging words. Blessings to you as well!


Maya 2 years ago

I’m late to the party my friend. This poem took my breath away Gen. Gorgeous writing! The videos are a wonderful addition to a superb piece of writing.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Maya! You can be as late as you wish, dear friend. Thank you. I loved Mike's amazing video, and thought Butler's perspective was quite unique. :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Beautiful writing, Genna . It really makes you think about the past and what has come before us. You are a very talented writer.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Linda! Your comments about what this poem is intends are very perceptive. You made me day. :-)


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Awesome and beautiful and ...

Reminds me of Emily Dickenson and Ella Wheeler Wilcox, I believe.

Prose: Words in their best order.

Poetry: The best words in their best order. (unknown)

You have done justice to this immortal statement. God bless you.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

My apologies for being late in responding but I have been much too busy with the demands of work. It is a busy time of year for me. Thank you for that wonderful comment and lovely compliment! It really touched my heart and made my day. :-)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Beautiful, beautiful work Genna!


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Bk42author 2 years ago from New York

Love this poem, so beautiful. Voted up!


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Genna East,

What an extraordinary experience. What a polished hub. You have definitely raised the bar and beautifully, masterfully--like on FB & V+ on HP.

Thank You,

Kim


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Audrey

Thank you, Audrey. I hope you are having a great week. :-)

@BK42author

Thank you...I appreciate your comment and votes. Good to see you. :-)

@ocfireflies

It's good to see you. Thank you for that generous comment;, the votes and for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your poetry. :-)


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Genna this was beautifully done i love the flow :) It reminds me of some of the excerpts i use to listen to on the Encarta encyclopedia when i was younger.

Keep up the good work

God bless U always


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Ladyfiddler

What a lovely comment! Thank you so much. :-)


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

What a gift you have given us in this poem. You have painted vivid images for us to consider.

Angels are on the way to you. ps


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, PS. And to you as well. :-)


Ken Snowdon 2 years ago

What magic you pen with your verse, I could smell the ocean, the salt in the air and the waves splashing on the shore. See the ghosts that haunt the seas and embed their history forevermore upon our hearts that yearn for so much more.To be caressed by the tall ships that traversed over its unpredictable waters. Oh yes you caught the essence of the sea. I also especially liked John Butler's rendition of searching for Heritage, fits well with your poem. Wonderfully done Genna, brilliant piece.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Ken. It is so good to see you on HP, my brilliant friend. You have been missed greatly. Your praise of this poem humbles me, dear poet. Thank you!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Really beautiful poem, Genna. I love the metaphor of the ocean cleansing and releasing you to wed again. It is a beautiful poem of a widow finding love again. I enjoyed reading this.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Suzette. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, my friend. :-)

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