The Shoreline of Life........

All be it impossible to enter the surf on
the shores of coral
And yes I've tried
And entering life as a child
from the sharpened edges of
a raising
it would never be my style
to just jump in
And yet .....jump I did
Though the currents too strong
and being swept away
by the ripping tides
is the cost

No.......I still cannot swim there
though envying the others I do
And the dappled light of laughter in
the waves always intrigues me
as with the smile of
a real woman
looking away
Or the remembered sounds of
a certain child

May the echoes of your laughter your squeals
go on forever
And of now.......I go to the sea ....
only to
observe the interactions
of water and
and you
And I found a treasure there once
but only when you were
there delicately testing the
cool water
by dipping your toes
at the edge of the
shore where the water
touches the sand
and smiles
And I smiled too

Comments 16 comments

femmeflashpoint 4 years ago


I really loved this one. It reminded me of a visit to Emerald Isle, to visit my God-parents who lived in Jacksonville, NC. My God-father was stationed at Camp LeJeune, where my dad was also stationed for a good while.

Before Daddy walked my little sister and I over the dunes, he said that before we were born, he'd brought our great-grandfather, a Hoosier, to the same beach, for him to see the ocean for the first time. And, when he first laid eyes on it, he'd cried because he was so moved at the sight.

When we crested the last dune and I saw that big stretch of water farther than my mind could reach ... I understood how my great-grandfather felt.

It was one of those miracle-moments that I've never forgotten, standing there in the sand, with my hand in my dad's and trying to comprehend the majesty of it all.

Thank you ....


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Femme , Hello there ! I'm glad I brought such a reminder to you and what a story. I too have walked the dunes of emerald Isle . Ahh the outer banks ! Thank you for telling that story , its beautiful!...:-}

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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I could picture being there. Terrific poem! I loved it! Unfortunately, I have a fear of the ocean. There is something about swimming with things bigger than me that freaks me out.

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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

this is a great poem of reminiscin' have a knack for it a horseback...those were the days, and it would surely stay in our minds...

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Tipoague, oh come now! You ...just might miss out on a lot if you don't at least visit the shoreline. Perhaps a trip to the blue water ocean would cure that ......Do it !lol.......:-] You can at least see whats sneaking up on you then...he he....

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leni sands 4 years ago from UK

I love the way the words ebb and flow like the sea. Your words are inspirational.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Raciniwa, Thank you my friend ,I do tend to "look back " a bit at times , Thats okay though , we learn so much from our pasts , from our history , someone said "we can't know where were going if we don't know where we've been".....Be well my dear!....:-}

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

H Leni sands , Hey I hope your holidays were great , Thank you for that !....:-}

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Just beautiful.

"to observe the interactions

of water and


and you"

Yes, flowing water does that, whether river or the to-ing and fro-ing ocean - flowing water does that.

I love your words, they take me places. Thank you Ahorseback.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hello my friend Fennelseed ! You and I understand the connections don't we!Thank you for understanding my words, my writing. Be well my dear......:-}

daddysgirl 4 years ago

I miss those years too dad! The ones spent together and apart...that's why I always test the water before I jump in! Love and hugs

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Daddys girl ~oxoxoxoxoxoxo..Its you girl! Love you and miss the dickens out of you!...Dad oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Your poem is like a great painting. Each time I read it I find something more beautiful. How you love your daughter. And how blessed she is for that love. '

The ocean is extremely significant to me as my son's ashes were gently floating there 4 yrs ago. Thank you.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Vocalcoach , Then this poem is for you and your dad and as well for your son! I am sorry for the losing of your son , a totally unimaginable loss. And yet, the inner strengths and sharing ways you show in your hubs is so amazing! Bless you for that......:-}

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Very very beautiful ahorseback;the love you have for your daughter is so true and to be tenderly cherished.

These words show quite clearly the spirit of the writer.

We tell so much through our writing much more than through speech.

I have to vote up;take care and enjoy your day my friend


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Eiddwen , As I keep you and your beautiful daughters story in mind , I can only brag about my daughter humbly. It is her that is the angel , and suffers a ditzy Father like me! And thank you for sharing, being a pretty private person ,I can neglect the duties of a Fathers communication shortages ! I am only extremely lucky in her love for me ! She is a registered nurse and a great one at that as well as being my angel!......:-}

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