Omnipotent Ocean

Black sand beach

The ocean crashes

All around me

Roaring, thundering

Throwing itself against black cliffs

Power, anger, passion


My soul soars


My spirit flies


I feel power in the waves

It fills me up

Surrounds me


Churning, boiling, brewing

The noise is deafening

I fall to my knees

Before my Maker



The sand before me


Black like coal

The waves electric


The contrast of colors


Frothy white

Pouring over black


Foam, frothy and white


On the sand

Rushing towards me

My footprints


Bubbles left behind

Popping, Fizzling


On the next wave

The sun is setting

Dash of pink across the sky

My husband waiting

Patient and still

Ten minutes, then fifteen

Now impatient, practical

Getting dark

It’s time to go

I hope to return


Nothing moves me more than standing in the presence of a turbulent ocean throwing itself against rocky cliffs. The power and force behind the crashing waves is intoxicating. It stirs my soul, my spirit soars. Throw in a storm with lightning and thunder out over the water and the very air is electrified. As the sun is chased away by black, rolling giants in the sky, the light turns unearthly green. Raw power is intensified before the approaching storm. It is here I sense the great and awesome power of my God. My heart pounds within me. Raging emotions rush to the surface. I am powerless to stop them. Anger, fear, pain, love, joy, passion, all whipped away by the wind, never to be heard by human ears. It is here I imagine Job, after losing everything, his possessions destroyed, his children killed and his wife gone, calling out to God in anger. Asking “why, why, why? What did I do to deserve this?” He is broken and beaten, it is out of the storm that God answers him. In the midst of the power, there is love. A love that forgives, accepts me for who I am. It is here, in the presence of God, I experience unconditional love that is like no other.

As a desert dweller, I don’t get to the ocean very often. When I do, it is usually along much calmer shores than I described above. There is still power in the waves and beauty in the sea. But every once in a while I will come across a spot where the ocean churns and touches the wildest part of my soul. Until recently my favorite coastline was at the Trident resort in Jamaica. I was privileged to an invitation to lunch when a storm came up out at sea. It was standing on the top of a small cliff with the waves pounding below me, the air turning green and the rain starting to spatter that I first felt the omnipotence in nature. It was magnificent. I thought I would never see another place like it on earth.

Then I stepped onto my first black sand beach. Deep blue waves with pure white foam crashed against coal black cliffs. My feet sank into sand as black as midnight. The startling contrast of the white foam against the black sand was sheer beauty. The ocean itself was too rough to step into. The beach was practically deserted. The only other visitors were a native with his two dogs. The dogs were as black as the sand and I didn’t even see them at first. There was no storm, but the light was fading and the strength of the ocean was almost tangible. My heart thrilled to be here and though my visit was short, it was a place I will never forget. This poem is my attempt to capture that moment. It pales in comparison to the real thing, but I hope you can get a glimpse of the magic I beheld.

Yes the sand is really that black!  Can you see the two dogs?
Yes the sand is really that black! Can you see the two dogs?

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epigramman 5 years ago

.....the images and the words are so beautiful here and of course there is a personal connection for me because I am blessed and lucky enough to live but 100 feet or so away from lake erie and I see/hear/feel this - everyday!

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April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona Author

Oh I envy you! To live near any body of water would be heaven...

Perspycacious 5 years ago

Now your husband will be inspired to take you to more inspiring places!

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April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona Author

I hope so!

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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

Enchanting imagery!! Since I call the Big Island my home, black sand beaches are a part of my earliest memories ;)

Thank you for helping me to think of those sunshiny days (especially since we've had rain for over a week now!)

thecozycactus 5 years ago

Love this. The water's always been my place to escape! I grew up on Lake Erie too and miss it so much.

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April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona Author

I'm glad it brought back good memories for you Tatookitty. I was totally enthralled. It's my new favorite place on earth. I'm sure you must miss it! Thank you for your comment.

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April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you cozycactus. The desert just isn't the same is it. I grew up along a river, not as dramatic as the ocean or lake, but I miss it none the less.

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Dingpo 5 years ago

Hello April

I live by the sea on the south east coast of England I paint and every morning and evening i see a masterpiece painted for me at the first moment i see it painted by the master i also have a little stream only a few yards from my house that runs across a park, that i keep clear of all rubbish once a week i am a very lucky man. thank you for your kind comment.your writting is full of observation that is how i write my stories, i place myself in the centre and i observe feel and smell

Kindest regards Bob

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April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you Bob! Your home sounds beautiful. Someday I hope to live in such a place again. Do you ever publish you paintings? I would love to see them!

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Dingpo 5 years ago

Hello April

I would display some in my hubs but i havent been able to work out how to include a picture in a hub yet had quite a few tries

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

april, good work here. Excellent use of line brains and great language that evokes great images.

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April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you PDXKaraokeGuy, I'm glad you stopped by and that you like my poem. This spot really moved me and I'm glad you can see it in my words.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I meant line breaks, not line brains :-)

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ahorseback 4 years ago

Yes April and I vote for the sea regardless it wins the race as do you! here ........:-}

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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you so much ahorseback. Your comment makes my day. I can't wait to get back to the ocean again.

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