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In the turbulent sea of humanity

Updated on August 13, 2013
A stormy sea
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Restoring our faith in humanity

A restless sea of tumult

Waves tossing, up and down

A sea of struggles and passion in

Which I am wont to drown.


Treading, alone in this restless sea

Hanging on for dear life -

In a sea of constant gushing waves

And continued strife.


Submerged, alone, a struggle

To be virtuous and kind -

To struggling others I may meet,

Swimming through this grind.


Battling selfish desire not

To save others I may see

Confused in my own struggles

I merely let them be


A Stormy Sea at night
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Swimming in this great sea,

A struggle great to give

The very essence of myself

So others on may live.


To ride the roaring, raucous waves,

I must be patient, enduring

Of others as they struggle, tug

In this sea so obscuring


When I am asked, “Will you save?”

I dare not say for sooth -

While in the sea, my morals crossed

I dare not speak the truth.


As I battle onward with the sea

I struggle with my pride

That I may win, not with help, but

With my gifts, in my own time


Yet there is in this tussle

A fact to understand -

To swim this great sea of life

You need another’s hand.


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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Peggy! We have to brave the waters together. They can be very turbulent! Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is very interesting! The struggles we face in our everyday lives and the decisions we have to make with regard to others and ourselves is so nicely portrayed in your poetry. We are all in this "sea of humanity" together and with helping hands we will be better prepared to withstand the turbulent waters. Up votes and definitely sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Rema, for the read and for coming by! It's my personal favorite as well! happy that it provided a little insight. I really appreciate it!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      As always, a poem so beautiful with an even more beautiful message Michelle. Loved it and thought about it for a while. How very true! Well said. cheers, Rema.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Looking forward to it Epiman!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      yes please come by anytime and someone will let you in through the front door so to speak - just make a request at FB and I will look forward to seeing you there! lake erie time 10:58am

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Epiman, was waiting for you to come back to me on that. Just let me know if I can come by!! Will love chatting viz music and cinema, two of my pet likes.

      Thanks for your comment, and you're up early!! Hope all's well in Ontario!!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      .....you are a poet's poet - and this is such a remarkable exercise in philosophical writing as well - deep and soulful are your words - and the poetic imagery took me to a cinematic place in my mind - sending you warm wishes and good energy to you from lake erie time ontario canada 6:49am and watching the daybreak over the lake

      (I do believe I extended a personal invite, previously, for you to join my FB music/cinema group Let's just talk music or cinema - is that right?

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Debbie, so glad you like it!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great poem I love it... blessing

      Debbie

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much, Eddy!! Glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share and here's to so many more by you.

      Eddy.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hey, thanks, CrisSP!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Midget38, forgot to tell you sharing this as well. I just love it. (:

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi CrisSP!! I"m glad you like this. It's one of my personal favorites also. Thanks for the votes, and I really appreciate you coming by!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Profound and intelligently written. I love the visuals and the video is very touching. Up and across except funny.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Mary!! Humanity is always turbulent, volatile...and it's sad that as the days go by, people are making it even more so!! Thanks for dropping in!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ish, for the share. You've interpreted and expressed it so beautifully yourself. Thank you so much, my friend.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful work as always. The sea of humanity is turbulent, that's for sure. I voted this UP, and will share.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      You portrayed life in the form of sea in this well-versed poem! Life is full of ups and downs yet we have to 'swim' smoothly to succeed and achieve true happiness! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Suzette, I see you're a teacher of English and Literature as well, glad to connect!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great writing! I love the metaphor of the turbulent sea. The photos are great - so appropriate for the poem! Your images are so good and this is quite an engaging poem. I enjoyed reading this!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Grishpuri! Am glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      very much thought provoking and insightful poem voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, James!! Glad you've enjoyed it!!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Beautiful title and words Michelle. Very impressive as always. I really enjoy your style, voted up, awesome, and beautiful :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for coming by, Jamie!! So glad that you and I have the same love of poetry and I'll be going over shortly to read your work. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      So well done. I understood so much of what was felt in this poem. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Heidi!! Glad you've come by, and that you enjoy this!! My pleasure to share!!

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      Eileen Alott...not really... 5 years ago from The Great State of Iowa!

      Beautifully written...poignant and honest. Thank you for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ignugent!! Glad you like this little poem..and I always look forward to your visits!! Thanks, my dear!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Dghbrh, you are a doll. Thanks so much for coming by and I"m glad you like this!!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Very powerful words. It really shows courage to ride roaring waves. Thanks it is really interesting . Voted up and you know more. :-)

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      well done ...Michelle.....very deep and with a strong massage indeed:-)

      votes up and shares.....

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, IntegrityYes! Glad you've stopped by and enjoyed it!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is very powerful,Michelle. I definitely voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Cyndi10!! we are always rocked about, the answers to the bumpy sea of life and humanity are few indeed. Thanks for the wonderful comment, and so glad you like this!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Being human - you're so right the sea of life is turbulent and the answers are few. Sometimes the waves calm and we appreciate that, other times you're rocked and buffeted. You're a beautiful writer.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Keith!! Glad that you've enjoyed this!! Yes, we're always struggling through the sea of life, of being human. Thanks for the wonderful comment and the share!!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      You have captured life itself in this poem, Michelle. Another amazing piece :) Well done! "Swimming in this great sea...A struggle great to give"; this line, to me, resembles how we are all swimming through the great sea of life, always struggling across the shores until lowtide.

      I definitely voted up and shared :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Kelley, thanks for dropping in! Yes, we indeed do need a hand in life's deep and sometimes threatening sea. Thanks so much for your support!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      What a beautiful poem. You do need another hand to swim this turbulent sea called life. Voted up and beautiful and shared. Thanks for sharing. Take care, Kelley

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Such a beautiful comment, Dorothy! Indeed, it fits these turbulent times....even harder for us to strike the balance!

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      Dorothy Parker 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful, befitting of this time when we are struggling to maintain normalcy in a turbulence fluid world.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the insights, myownlife! I'm do glad you like this poem!

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Excellent work of art, spontaneous behaviour of sea and human strive for life to live.

      Interesting.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Dale, thanks for stopping by! Yes, we need each other to survive humanity.Hope to read more of your poems as well!

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Great job with this and the message is quite strong about how we do need others in our times of struggles and should certainly be appreciative of those that lend that hand!

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, TT! Glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great job, Michelle. Another lovely poem with a wonderful message. :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Glad that you've enjoyed it, Patty, thanks for stopping by!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Excellent Job!!! Awesome!! Nearly everyone will be able to relate to this poem!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      We all have at some points in our lives, Bill. All part of humanity and wanting that bit of freedom. Thanks for the motivation! Really appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I swam against the tide for decades my friend; you have captured many feelings for me in this excellent work.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Glad that you like it,whonunuwho! We need each other, and God most of all!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      I like your style of writing and the words you have used to express your thoughts. I am in full agreement in your message of needing not only each other, but the hand of God.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hmm. Penny for your thoughts there, Josh. Interesting insight on humility. Do share!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      This poem is beautiful but yet also very convicting! It makes us think of our priorities. I thought of humility on this one! Are we thinking of only ourselves or others? Great insightful poem Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Being human is facing ups and downs - an eternal struggle to be kind, to be generous, and to be patient.