Sunshine Waves

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I’ve made a home in a cave on the beach; the cool darkness suits me. This lonely poet sits in her cell by the shore, venturing out to only to knock off the chill and feel the warm breeze from the ocean. Another day of cloud filled skies and gentle rain, which I can hardly feel touching my skin. I close my eyes. The tepid waves wash over my feet.

So many hours have passed me by; sitting or lying in the soft white sand as it forms a perfect mold around my body. I’ve taken my quill to paper and talked to you about silly dreams, hope, love, happiness, light - as if it ever reaches me here on my warm and lovely grey shore isolated from the sun worshipers.

I dream in the shadow of a great cliff, protected by the sheer rock, in the belly of one of its many caves. I sleep in the comfort of an earthen hand, high enough that I never fear the changing tides, yet surrounded by soft sand and shells - a sort of mermaid wonderland.

I have memories, though, of the rest of the world. So how did I come to be here? What brought me to this shelter so remote? What makes me so content that words, thoughts, and my imaginings are enough company for me?

Every day I walk this stretch of beach; picking up shells, rocks, and sometimes even bits of gold washed ashore from somewhere far away or far below. My writing has become much simpler as I understand more about myself and the universe. I go to sleep each night in my cave, until I no longer feel I need its protective shell – I begin a new habit of sleeping under the sky of low hanging clouds and imagine it to be a sky full of stars. Oddly enough, it doesn’t rain anymore at night.

One morning I wake up, and stroll along the beach finding sand dollars lined up side by side where the high tide left them and pieces from a pirate’s treasure chest along with many beautiful unbroken shells. I build an altar to the Goddess of the Sea, right there on the soggy white sand. Again the rain is falling, ever so lightly, in tiny warm drops - the kind you hardly feel touching your skin, yet they leave a sheen of wetness, soaking you.

I want to go back to the cave and write, but I feel something pulling at me; tugging at my spirit. I can’t hide indoors where it would be safe to journal and try to piece together what all this means. The miracle isn’t finished; I’ve something more to find.

I look again to the ocean, straining to see what I am missing. Then I see it. In the distance; far, far, away is a boat. Not a boat, a ship. I cannot tell its direction, and I am not yet at the point to really care. But never had I seen any ship or object on my ocean – so is this a sign today? I walk back and forth in the low part of the waves – letting the warmth run over my toes while I get to thinking. What purpose could it possibly have? Why here, Why now? Suddenly I notice a glint on my ocean! A small one, but a glint nonetheless. And it carries itself across the ocean, all the way to the shore and onto the wet sand. I almost trip over my feet getting to the drier sand. Now, THAT NEVER happens.

The sun had peeked through the heavy gray clouds, and coming toward me were happy, smiling sunshine waves. I was so frightened I ran onto the sand and fell backward. All I could do was stare.

Who would have thought it…protective cave to sunshine waves, just like that.

I've added the following video because I really love Uncle Kracker and they wrote this song simply to send a positive message and to make people smile. I hope it makes you smile :)

You Make Me Smile

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

This was beautiful..I love this song and the video too..

The ocean calls me daily and one day I will go back...

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Amazing...filled with sunshine :) Loved it!

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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Erin, you really brought this piece of heaven to life, simply gorgeous.

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marellen 5 years ago

Its amazing how many of us write about the ocean and really does capture us.....Beautifully written hub...

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Sunnie Day, This song always makes me smile when I hear it in my car, I'm singing along before I know it. I just came back from the ocean last week and had forgotten how much I loved it. Thanks for visiting! Hope you get to the beach soon too!

Sunshine625, So glad you stopped by and loved it :)

Poetvix, so great to see you again, my friend! Thanks for the warm compliments... take care of yourself.

marellen, that is so true! I think its because the water represents our emotions and relationships which are always moving and alive with so many different facets. And not to mention, our bodies are 80%(?) water...I think its natural, maybe its the sound that rocks us gently to sleep and makes us feel so protected or the vastness of it that makes us feel so small. (I could go on Thanks so much for visiting my friend.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I just read this on your profile page ... ? YOU NEVER KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE UNTIL BEING STRONG IS THE ONLY CHOICE YOU HAVE.....? It's sooooo true!!!

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Beautiful. Feels almost magical! If you have not already read Wayne Brown's poem on the ocean, I think you will enjoy it:

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very nicely done, Erin!

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Good incites... thanks for sharing. Flag up and awesome.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Another beautiful one Erin, made me smile. Love the song. Happy you had a good time on the ocean.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Sunshine, it is so true! its AMAZING how strong I've become! :)

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

thank you Sally, I was in a magical space when I was writing it. Thanks for the recommendation, I will check it out!

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks Will, take care my friend!

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Dallas, thanks for the visit and the votes :)

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Ruby, I'm so glad it made you smile! I love the song too! We'll have to get together and go dancing again soon! :)

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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

Oh how I have missed reading your beautiful writing. It stirs some forgotten memories within my minds eye. Will recapture them when I am that no mind space. Thank you sister for continuing such beautiful writing.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

My sister, I've missed you! So glad you could come back for this one!Let's catch up soon! love and blessings.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Beautiful Erin,I am glad that you shared this great gem with us and here's to many more to share.

Take care


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Eiddwen, Thanks so much. I always enjoy your visits! Take Care, my friendl.

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Such a Beautiful Ode to the Beach, a Vacation...the Freedom of it all. Erin you've captured those moments for us to read and enjoy along with the Video. Thank You, Friend.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

thanks b, I loved writing this one, and I love the song. I know how much you love your beach home. Please stay safe, I know Irene is coming fast. Blessings my friend.

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epigramman 5 years ago

Hi gorgeous - just left you a really nice comment on my new one ALONE IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT YOU ......and I know all about sunshine waves and its heavenly environment because I am a creature of my environment and see it everyday on my lakefront property here at lake erie - but you capture the imagery and ambience so perfectly here that I want to be there ..... with you ....sharing that magic moment - and that my friend is the mark of a great writer, which is you, of course.

lake erie time 2:08am home tonight because of a tornardo warning with heavy rain and strong winds - but being here with you more than makes up for it because this is paradise ...................!!!

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Hello Colin! I'm so glad you enjoyed sharing my sunshine waves! Did you feel the earthquake up there? We're bracing for the hurricane too. Some wild and wacky weather lately - the environment here is quite ominous even when its sunny. Think I'll go back to the Sunshine you there. :)

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Great and awesome. Descriptive and narrative, interesting, useful and beautiful. These words reflect my thought[s] on this piece. Great. Voted up, beautiful and awesome

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

ubanichijioke, thanks for your visit, nice to meet you! So glad you enjoyed this one, unfortunately we can't get near our beaches this weekend with Hurricane Irene on her way! :)

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Erin, 'smiling sunshine waves' that's just lovely.

I enjoyed the song, I have never heard it before.

Thank you for sharing a beautiful hub.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Movie Master, thanks for coming by, so glad to meet you! The song is one of my favorites, it really does make me smile and puts me in a better mood each time I hear it :) I'm happy that you liked it so much. Have a beautiful day.

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