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Ocean's Waves

Updated on April 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Foaming waters swirl then disappears into the shore

Receding back within only to return once more

The endless ebb and flow of the ocean upon the beach

Marks time like a clock with each extension of its reach

Sand lies upon the shore like pure sugar dumped into place

Granules glistening in the sun; the shore such an inviting space

The waters swirl into the sand and leave a trove of little things

Debris from other places, seashells, and jellyfish that sting

Man comes to this space to where water meets the shore

To think and contemplate of all that came here before

Riding on these crashing waters from points all around the world

To settle on this shore amid the sands as the waters ebb and swirl

A wine bottle etched in French, corked with a message rolled inside

A note of good-bye to a lost love from the one who would be his bride

An old shoe without a mate with sole in tack and laces tied

Leaves one wondering about the owner and if he possibly died

The sparkle and glint of the sun on the blue-green waters catches the eye

The mist launched into the air with each noisy crash the waves apply

The noise of waters from foreign lands arriving to this far shore

The wonderment of how long it took to come from where it was before

High tide, low tide, the cycles continue likes the beating of a man’s heart

The ebb and flow is as mysterious as the nature of which it is a part

What if mankind had never gazed upon this intersection of water and land?

Would the noise, the smell, the little things be there washed upon the sand?

The sun sets over the water so very slow appearing to balance on the wind

Blazing last red rays of day over the ocean’s blue; promising to come again

Tranquility washes over everything about and peace comes to this haven

The moon’s approach reflects in the black waters of a night dark as a raven

Waves come closer; the noise level rises as the waves come night’s way

To mingle with the sands of the shore and leave more for a new day

To fill the nighttime void with repetitive noisy collisions with the world

To mark the time that does elapse while the oyster creates the pearl

Man’s lure to the ocean and the far shores it reaches are natural attractions

Curiosity to see the other shore fire a flame of inspiration into actions

Danger lurks upon these waters yet man will not turn away

Until he stands upon the other shore and sees the light of day

Waves of the ocean call out to man as each approach the shore

Speaking to his sense of adventure and his urge to go explore

The waves will carry man to destinations afar and still untamed

So he can sit there upon the shore and contemplate why he came

© Copyright WBrown 2011. All Rights Reserved.


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @thebluestar...A love of the sea seems to be the consensus among the readers...a magical experience. WB

      @Dim Flaxenwick...Great! So glad you liked it. I felt more like the instrument than the creator on this one. WB

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      What a wonderful poem,

      I so, so love the ocean . This was a real treat for me. I have to bookmark it.

      Beautiffully written. Thank you.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Another beautiful poem Wayne, I adore verse two. I love the sea on a stormy day when I am wrapped up in hat and scarf but can still feel the wind tugging at my hair.x

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Thank you Ken...this one gnawed at me for a few days to get out. The words were already there, I just wroter them down...less than ten minutes. Sometimes I am the writer and sometimes I am the pen. One never knows. Thank you for all those great words of encouragement. WB

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      7 years ago

      Wayne you chose a beautiful header picture and I agree with the Doc, it looks like a giant finger, could be of a god reaching out from the Abyss of the deep. I love the rush and sounds of the ocean swell as it thunders against the shoreline and crashes on the beach.

      Your video was great as well, this beautiful piece is full of imagery and it all flashes before me as I'm reading the brilliant scribe. Our seas are majestic and the life abundant in them. I love the oceans. Bravo, great job.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @QudsiaP1...I firmly believe that mankind is connected to the ocean is some way. Also, it is probably the most powerful thing which we can literally stand right next to without it hurting...very unique to be in the presence of all that power yet to feel a tranquility and peace that comes from that presence. No doubt God is somewhere close by as well. Thank you for you kind words! WB

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      7 years ago

      A wonderful compliment to the ocean. What is about the ocean that brings within us a storm of words, some said, some unsaid, some discovered, some yet to be found.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Thank you. Glad to hear that I might have some kind of talent here! LOL! So glad you liked it. I tried to capture the ocean in a way that the poem would bring images of it even to a person who could not see. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Trying to get that water (rain) anyway you can! And now that school is staring, rain is not my friend. Nothing like 20 faces standing at the window looking out at recess time. No really, beautiful poem! So mesmerizing, healing, and then you also consider the power in storms, hurricanes. Mother nature is indeed amazing, and you have a gift for bringing it to life.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Well,thank you! That is a nice compliment. I wish you could say that about my guitar playing! LOL! WB

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      And usually when I read it - it's with my eyes - reading it aloud made it even more beautiful!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Becky...That would have been great to live that close to the ocean. I was at a meeting on the Outer Banks years bank. My hotel room backed right up to the beach. I sat for long periods on my balcony just watching and listening to the waves crash into the shore. There is a magic about it all that I don't think we will ever fully understand. WB

      @Cardisa...Glad my words could get you out on a holiday! LOL! WB

      @writer20...That is exactly what I wanted to achieve with this one...glad that I accomplished my goal. WB

      @Hypenbird...We most certainly do. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say they disliked the ocean...even if they were not water people they still enjoy being near it. WB

      @RealHousewife...That was a special moment, glad that I could be a tiny part of it. Years from now, Maddy will remember how she use to read poetry with her mom in those quiet moments when it was just the two of you...that will be a very special memory for her and for you. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Epigramman...Colin, thank you for those kind words. I do strive to keep quality in my writing as I do not see much else mattering if that quality is not there. Up to now, I have been quite lucky in that way but I still have to work at it. With the praise I get from my friends like yourself here at the Hub, it makes all the more worthwhile. By the way, on the hat, it's not me, it's the just have not found the right hat yet. Go to a big western store and try on a bunch...somewhere there is a hat there that is just right for Colin and you will know the moment you put it on. If you are like me and have a big head, the you need an even bigger hat to put things in proportion. That's my tip for today! LOL! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince....Hey Frogman, if you liked this one, I am sure from a sailing perspective that this one is even better... ....Thanks much! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...So glad that I could take you there with words. WB

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - it was so nice to have her leaning against me - really into the whole thing and loving it - I'm for sure Going to read lots more that way!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is beautiful Wayne. The love affair between man and sea never fades. We craves that chance to sit and reflect, to ponder and decide. I enjoyed your poem.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You had me sitting on a beach looking out at the ocean rolling in and out. Thank you for that.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      This reminds me, I haven't been to the beach in a long time. I really need a swim in the ocean.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful poem. Reminded me of when I lived 1 block from the Pacific in Imperial Beach, CA.

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      7 years ago

      ....along with 'you know who' you are probably the most prolific writer at the Hub and with so much quality every time - and you and I pretty go back to the beginning here - and your support and loyality has truly been one of my highlights here at the Hub.

      Love the eclectic choice in your writing - always a pleasure to arrive here and read your words.

      And don't tell Will Starr this - lol - but does anyone else look better in a cowboy hat - I think not.

      lake erie time 12:34pm

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Sailing is where I eventually will be. The ocean calls to me.

      The Frog

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      7 years ago

      I can hear the crashing waves while I read this. Love this piece and the ocean. Up beautiful and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Ruchira...Thank you. I wanted to say something meaningful with this effort. Glad to hear that it comes across in that manner. WB

      @GNelson...Thanks, glad I could bring back some memories. WB

      @d.william...Glad you enjoyed it. I liked that video a lot as well. WB

      @drbj...I wanted a visual that would bring the significance of the waves out in the poem. When I saw this one, I knew it was the exact one...great photo! WB

      @Fennelseed...I wish all my poems had this much visionary power...I then might be a successful poet! LOL! Thanks much. WB

      @marellen...You are so right. It calls to us and when we see it, we run to its edge and stand in awe. We definitely have a connection. WB

      @Nell Rose...Ah, I've stimulated your "holiday urge"...maybe I should be writing for a travel agency! LOL! I hope you get your holiday soon! WB

      @RealHousewife...If I were there, I'd read lil' Maddy a lot of my poems...maybe not all of them..LOL! Nothing like a focused fan in this business. She is lucky to have such a special mom who takes the time to shape her life and her value system...the payoff will be big especially if you keep reading my stuff to her! Ha! WB

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - Tucked in bed - Maddy beside me - I read the poem to her, she said she closed her eyes so she could imagine it - she said she understood this (so cute! - she's 10) We also loved the video and we talked about how someday we will go to all those places! Maddy says she thinks that a lot of artists must live in those places because it inspires them.

      Thanks so much WB - I have to say this is one of my fav's!!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I really want to go to the sea now! I doubt if I will manage it this year, but I do miss it when I can't get there, this was lovely! and so soothing! lol

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      7 years ago

      Just beautiful Wayne...Wish I was there. Something about the ocean that beckons us to it. I love it and your poem.

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      Annie Fenn 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Beautiful words creating amazing imagery. The lure of the ocean is so powerful and I am one who succumbs to its power and keep going back for more. Thank you for taking me there with your words.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Take another look at that amazing photo at the beginning of your poem, Wayne. Doesn't it look like the gigantic, curling fingers of some primitive God of the Ocean? Phenomenal graphic and prasiseworthy poetry, my friend.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      A beautiful poem, both in words and sentiment. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And your video choice is inspiring as well.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      I spent my early years near the Atlantic and it has followed me ever since. Nice poem!

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      7 years ago from United States

      Wayne, you have "beautifully" expressed the mystery of the ocean and also read the mind of many people who come by the shores.

      You sure have some interesting hubs and I am still trying to get a grip on those hubs dealing with America and it's issues :)


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