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Poetry: No Waves Against the Shore

Updated on April 4, 2016

This lovely sand, now which I stand

Hugs my feet like times before

The air is plain, the breeze is sane

No waves against the shore

The sky is golden but the birds won’t sing

My name in their high-pitched calls

The flowers bloom but shroud in gloom

Like dolls behind glass walls

This place so ideal, yet I cannot feel

What paradise is to be felt

My mind wonders and heart ponders

Where is the beauty that once dwelt?

The sun won’t set, I need my rest

Why no waves against the shore?

And then to me, the thoughts they rain

Could I be the cause of this change?

Gravity it seems, I halted its call

Thus, no waves against the shore

I wait for the breeze to drift the roses’ scent

But my way they would not bend

Beauty, it still exists, I can see

But none would appear beautiful for me

And why is it? I ask aloud

Has nature become proud?

I seek answers, I strain my ears

But all I hear are whispers, “Oh dear

Whispers of “oh dear” signify my fault I fear

How with nature could I have sparked a war?

Beauty is rife, how could I strive

To yield a waveless shore?

And nature replies . . .

You have built your paths with hefty puffs

Over beauty though she silently roared

So the birds stop singing when they saw you ignoring

Their cries and Mother Nature’s calls

The roses are now dull because you never smiled

When your heart they endeavored to thaw

You shrugged their sweet and kind-smelling wit

And continued breaking nature’s law

You robbed me of my beautiful flaws

And supplanted instead with ugly scars

The waves don’t crash against the shore

Cause you froze their forces with your pitch black stars

And she told me that I had never

Thought of beauty as unforever

Since of beauty I never truly cared

Beauty ceases to be there

Now I look around, the sight makes me sick

Everything seems so ill and dim and bleak

Gems of beauty I did not treasure when abound

I long for now. I yearn for the crashing waves’ sound.

The sky is gold but there’s a cold

That lingers in the air

I begin pondering, I begin shuddering

At the brushstroke of my hideous affairs

Tranquility soothes the soul, but silence eats it

And drains the glass of conceit

Then I plead . . .

O wise mother, how can I fix my blunder?!

Where’s the key to the door

For the sky to glow and the rivers to flow and the breeze to blow

For the waves to crash against the shore once more?

And nature answers . . .

The glass is shattered, but my forces will kindle

If you make your choices, and of course, some sacrifices

It’s in your power to decide, your atonement has to take flight

Then the waves will dance when you’ve taken this chance

To myself I mutter . . .

I now have found that life is drowned

In melancholic moments

when without nature’s merriment

Never will I wish to go back to this time

When ivies do not climb

When there are no waves against the shore

March 2012

Now that you have reached the end of this poem, thanks for reading!

© 2012 Carmen Beth


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    • Carmen H profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Beth 

      6 years ago

      Hi, Stephanie, happy to see you here. The lines that you mentioned are actually my favorite from the poem and it's nice to know that they resonated with you. Thanks for your kind comment and votes!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is a lovely poem, and the photographs worked so well with your words. The lines, "The flowers bloom but shroud in gloom, Like dolls behind glass walls" struck a chord with me. Rated up and beautiful!

    • Carmen H profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Beth 

      6 years ago

      prasetio30 - I thank you too for your visit and your wonderful comment. Happy to know that this poem is enjoyed.

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Amazing and beautiful poem. Thanks for writing and share with us. I also love the wave pictures. Rated up!



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