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Ocean's Child

Updated on August 19, 2015
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For Mom and Dad...who instilled in me a love of nature and music.


I have always loved the ocean. Here, in New England, even in the dead of winter I often see people walk the sands at the water's edge or park their cars nearby. They gaze off into the distance as if seeking an answer to something…an inner peace with which to reflect the nature of all things.

I often wonder that if we were to ask the ocean why we love it so, or why this beautiful yet formidable force holds such a compelling fascination, what would the ocean say to us?





And the ocean whispered…


Because you search with me,

Through and beyond to infinite,

For wisdom to reveal our

Elusive songs;


Like you, I am liquid…

Destined to flow and thresh

In melding curls that pull away

To begin the sighs anew;


Each visit afresh we give and take our gifts,

Yield that which shall not rest

Again and again…

Ever new

Yet unchanging;


Like you, I fight back the earth and reshape what I touch

From caress to break,

Smooth to erode;


You trust in me…

For I bring you like the gull that rides the ageless wind

And darts within me

The hooks to grasp its prey;


Like you, I am moods of ebb and flow…

The traveler’s surface calm

In rhythmic grace,

I still in beauty…

Then rage and swell with sudden breaks

Harsh, loud

And pounding;


I sometimes seize from you the life you take from me...

As we share the depth and taste of nature's tears;


Like you, I rise and fall with the day

As time impels,

Unrelenting,

In round silver measures

That slip

Ever forward;


I watch you spin and whirl and play

With the myriad companions

In my trust...

Deep in serenity sound and fluid color

As you look for what your eye

Has never seen;


For you are my kindred, the wondrous child

That seeks its reason…

Forever searching for the orphan’s cradle

Somehow lost

Long ago.








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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Wow. That was special.

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      damian0000 6 years ago from Belfast

      Brilliant --- all the swirls and eddies and movements of the sea here!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oooh. This is indeed special. Lovely and worth reading again and again. "Elusive songs" to and from the life giving and life taking water. I love it.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Genna, if I could write poetry like you, I would never write anything else.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful poem and music. Thank you for sharing.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very beautiful Genna. Very pleasant.

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      With a continent between us and facing two majestic seas, a home here in San Diego, I hear the sea with glee, for yes it whispers softly, to both us, you and me, we all are quite as "liquid," a lovely place to be.

      Your right, we "flow and thresh," and have our "moods of ebb and flow," but I love the "rhythmic grace" for with which we "spin and whirl and play" as we search for "the orphan's cradle," and although we may be lost, a wondrous voice of reason dear Genna has quite tossed...

      Absolutely beautiful Ms. East...

      Voted up and awesome!!

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      DanWW 6 years ago

      I am in love with your words Genna. I have been a facebook follower for weeks but when I read this my jaw dropped. All I can do is stare at the screen and say WOW!

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Beautiful! so full of wisdom.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      only two words needed here,

      Beautiful and brilliant.

      Thanks for sharing this with us .

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      This was so beautiful Genna. As I listened to the music and read the poem outloud, it gave me chills. This was magnificent. Thank you so much for writing such a great poem.

      Sunnie

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @mckbirdbks Thank you! I appreciate the comments.

      @damian0000 I am happy you were able to discern the swirls and eddies. Thank you. Good to see you as well.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @HyphenBird Thank you! I am pleased you saw these elements.

      @Fay You make me blush…I always appreciate your supportive comments very much. Thank you!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @AA and Micky Thank you for taking the time to read this little poem, and for your kind words. :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @bbnix You understood so much about this poem; I am very pleased, and I thank you for your words of support and votes; it does warm the heart. :)

      @Dan Well hello again, Dan. It is always such pleasure to see you stop by and give your words of encouragement. Thank you.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @sofs Good to see you! Thank you for appreciating this humble poem.

      @Eiddwen Your two words are appreciated more than you know! Thanks. :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Sunnie Poetry is meant to be read aloud; I am an admirer of your writing as well, so I appreciate your thoughtful and lovely comments. Thank you.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ......well you are a wonderous force of poetic nature my dear Genna .....when I look at my lake today (which looks like an ocean from my panoramic point of view) I will be thinking of you ........

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Epi Thank you, kind sir and fellow poet. :) I have always loved the ocean, and often see people sitting parked near the beach in the dead of winter here. They gaze off in the distance as if seeking an answer to something and an inner peace with which to reflect the nature of all things. I used to wonder that if I asked the ocean why we love it so and why it held so much of our fascination, what would the ocean say to us?

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      After a day of Tsunami sirens this was poignant. These lines made me smile:

      "In melding curls that pull away

      To begin the sighs anew;"

      A very lovely read, Thanks Genna.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Randy Very perceptive. I was also thinking of this when I wrote, “I sometimes seize the life you take from me..” And Thank YOU. :)

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wonderful ebb and flow to this thoughtful poem...

      " Then rage and swell with sudden breaks

      Harsh, loud

      And pounding;"...Strangely prescient with today's catastrophic news from a suffering Japan...Voted up and beautiful...Larry

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      Radioguy 6 years ago from Maine

      Very well done! The video was a great idea too! Having lived on the Maine and Massachusetts coast, I can totally relate.

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Hi Genna.

      It takes a lot of work to better "Poison Quills". I'm no critic, So I'll just say it's beautiful.

      I can relate to what you have written as long ago I was in the Merchant Navy and when I had done my watch (shift) I used to go and stand at the stern and watch and listen to the sea. All the stress seemed to get washed away. Lovely poem Genna. lol

      Ghaelach

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Gorgeous in it's placid depth...and even placid, the ocean and it's inhabitants are powerful. When I have been lucky enough to stand and watch, the feeling it stirs is respect and awe...fear, really, of it's power, strength, depth and mystery. I always think of God. Magnificent piece, Genna, that everyone who has stood at the edge and gazed out across the ocean, can relate to. Your piece, like the ocean, is powerful, meaningful, mystic and awesome.

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      Maya 6 years ago

      Hi Genna. What I like about your writing it isn’t pretentious or full of the self-absorbed me-me-me stuff. There is wisdom and humility that cuts very deep into what is not only beautiful but real and sometimes tough with an elegance that is hard to pull off. You do it well.

      Man is not better than nature because nature is part of man and God’s gifts. Without it he cannot exist and the orphan’s cradle part about man’s search for the understanding, reason and meaning of existence is brilliant.

      Thumbs up my friend!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @maven I thought about Japan this morning and the terrible challenges they have had to deal with. Nature is a double-edged sword that can cut very deep. Thanks for your thoughtful comments and votes of support.

      @Radioguy Maine and MA coastlines are two of the most beautiful in the US. I just visited Maine a couple of weeks ago; it is one of my favorite places. Thanks for the positive comments!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Ghaelach My folks actually taught me my love for the sea; Dad was a marine biologist and we spent a lot of time on the water. I learned a lot from him about the ocean as well. I know what you mean about the stress just melting away. Thanks for the thoughtful comments…very much appreciated.

      @Amy You always write such intelligent and thoughtful comments, Amy; it is a genuine pleasure to see you here. I agree with you about the experiences we have when near the water; it is like nature’s tonic that is difficult to describe. Thank you! :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Maya Hey there! :) Once again you are perceptive as this is, to a great degree, what the orphan’s cradle symbolizes. I have to confess that I have written poetry that is about "me" as well, so I can’t say that this doesn’t happen. Some introspective poems can be quite beautiful, and convey how we are all connected. As always, I love your positive comments, and look forward to you visiting again soon.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Our blood being comparable to sea water saline. Our bodies containing almost 85% water it's no wonder we are one with the sea. Genna to clear ones mind and feel at peace and disrobe our stress from our souls, one must go down to the sea.

      To walk the sand and feel it pass through our toes, feel the gentle waves lap at our ankles and smell the seaweed air fill our nostrils and clean our brain matter, lifting our souls and giving us a euphoric high.

      I love the sea, wash my soul and cleanse me with each breath of the sea air. Born of dust let my ashes be one with the ocean streams and dance with the mermaids siren.

      Thank you sweet poet for sharing your love of the sea with us, this is a brilliant scribe, your talent is magical. I am honored to be able to absorb your artistry. Rate Up and awesome.

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      livingsimply 6 years ago from Isle of Arran, Scotland

      Because of where you live you call it an ocean and your poem reflects that. I live on a small Scottish island and talk of and to the sea. I love the contrasts this evokes. Lovely peom.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Living You are indeed fortunate to live where you do; such beautiful countryside as well as the Irish sea. Thank you for the visit and your comments; they are appreciated.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @saddle Hello Ken. Thanks for your kind words and support, as well as sharing your thoughtful and expressive feelings about the sea. They mean a lot! :)

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Most of us have an innate attraction to the ocean- perhaps it's the mystery or the soothing rhythm. You've expressed this relationship so well from the sea's view- great imagery beautifully painted with words- a pleasure to read!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Cat Thank you! I am pleased you enjoyed the poem.

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      beautifully written voted up...

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Genna East, A very awesome and beautiful poem ! I am lucky enough to life by the water so i have gone there sometimes just to be alone and listen to the waters peaceful sound on the shore .

      Awesome and vote up !!!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Wendy Thank you for your support and votes of confidence. Nice to see you!

      @Kash Thank you! Yes, I don't know what I would do without the sights and sounds of the ocean waves, that unmistakable scent of salt and seaweed, and the open and free spanse of water that touches the horizon in the distance.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very melodic... and perfect timing to make us remember the tragedy that happened this past week.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Genna, you so eloquently expressed how the soothing rhythmic seas make us realise how much more there is out there. Lovely!

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      Sestenes 6 years ago from Iowa

      "Like you, I am moods of ebb and flow…" I love this line. What a way of capturing the ocean's majesty and mystery.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @barber, attempted, Sestenes

      Thank you for reading the poem, and for your thoughtful comments; I appreciate them. :)

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      A very nice read, Thanks

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @crystolite Thank you...always nice to see you here for a visit; I appreciate your time and supportive comments.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      This leaves me breathless and stunned...wow! I don't have words for how this impacted my spirit! I love the ocean and visit it often...the elements of this hub meld perfectly to create a mystical experience...again, WOW!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @No Clue: Thank you; it is so nice to hear suportive comments by hubbers who understand this humble poem.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Excellent stuff. Reading this was akin to floating on one's back in warm ocean water. You have a solid mastery of your words, which happen to blend together quite elegantly. I was especially impressed by the last stanza -- always good to go out in such a rich fashion. Peace.

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      CalVera 6 years ago

      Hello Genna. I bookmarked you some time ago, and check in one in once awhile for new hubs. This is a work of art. I am stunned by your use of words and grace. Amazing.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Genna, fantastic. Loved this poem. I also love the ocean. I am an Aquarius. Many say this is why I am attracted to the sea.

      voted up

      peace, Tina

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Doug, CalVera & Tina

      Sorry for not responding to your comments earlier, but I have had some personal family issues that need my full attention right now. I managed to sneak in a few minutes for hub pages and want to thank you for your supportive and thoughtful words; they truly mean a lot.

      I look forward to reading your hubs as well when I return in a couple of days.

      All the best,

      Genna

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       6 years ago

      WAO, Bundle of thanks for this mind refreshing poem,Awesome

      Thanx for sharing.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      One cannot help but lose oneself to the sea, for when walking on the shore it instantly commands all your senses - hearing, taste, smell, sight, and feeling and then of course your souls become one. Beautiful poem, you certainly are gifted with a golden pen, my friend. Voted you up and beautiful and certainly I wish you blessings with your family issues.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Genna, absolutely beautiful. Rated up and beautiful.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Erin Thank you, Erin. I admire your writing as well so your supportive comments mean a lot to me.

      @Koffee Thank you for your supportive comments and votes of confidence!

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      This is inspiring and beautiful. You paint a wonderful picture of words. Can't wait to read more of your work.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Mankind seems to have always been fascinated by the proximity of water...of looking out across vast oceans and imaging what might lie on the other side. The same holds true for the depths of space as we gaze upon the heavenly bodies. Maybe it all figures into the grand scheme and we are just naturally drawn to figure it out or maybe, though we fear it to an extent, maybe, we also find solace there. Beautiful and Up! WB

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      You get more looks when your gone!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful music in that video and your words were equally beautiful. Yes...we all ache for what the earthquake and resulting tsunami did to Japan and pray for their recovery and healing.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Just stopping by for a few minutes with a few humble words of heartfelt appreciation for the thoughtful comments given here. Thank you, and I appreciate your kind views and support. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A most lovely, creative poem which I and so many of your fans appreciate and wish they might express such feelings and imagery! I am one with the sea, as is my son Todd...his final resting place. I resonated with your line - "I sometimes seize from you the life you take from me...

      As we share the depth and taste of nature's tears; (my son). You see? Do you really see how you are able to express the deepest part of our hearts, cries, pain and yes, gratitude? Thank you, dear Genna - for touching my heart and my world. :)vocalcoach

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @vocalcoach

      Yes, the ocean also has the ashes of three of the people I loved most in the world...including Mom and Dad. But there is a beauty about the ocean they all truly loved and wanted to join. I understand how you feel, and I am deeply saddened over the loss of your son, Todd. God bless you my dear...I wish you peace and love. Your comments touched me deeply, and I thank you for your wonderful and kind words.

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      Nadine M AuCoin 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      This is beautiful. I live almost on top of the Ocean and at times I feel like I am one with its ever changing characteristics...for me emotions. Thanks for such a lovely poem,

      MM

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Maggie Thank you. For me, the ocean has always been full of mystic beauty and compelling stories that are full of mystery.

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      Chriscwarner 5 years ago

      Wow! I live in San Francisco and grew up as a water kid. Nothing, to this day, can compare to the power of the ocean. Sitting out by the waves on a surfboard and inhaling that air and feeling it around your body and seeing it stretch into the distance and letting it move you up and down...there really is nothing like it. Time ceases. The world quiets. Pacific, Atlantic--it's all one incredible reminder of how connected we are to the spirit of Nature and to each other. An amazing poem that catches that feeling for me, perfectly. Beautiful work!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Chris Thank you Chris. My sister lives in San Francisco, and the Pacific Ocean is a wonder...a cousin of sorts to the Atlantic. It is how we are connected to the spirit of nature that is often lost on too many. I am pleased that you liked this poem. It's a pleasure to see you here, and I look forward to reading much more of your wonderful poetry in the future.

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      Johnny Love 5 years ago

      WOW Genna, that was just lovely. I am a lover of water so it hits me in a different way I am sure. Thank you for allowing my eyes to try to grasp the depth of which you write.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Johnny Thank you...I appreciate your thoughtful and kind words. :)

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      4elements 5 years ago

      The ocean does have a powerful pull. I don't know how to swim and yet i can't wait for warmer weather so i may go to the beach and have my talk with her! In her I am relaxed, in her I let fear go, and in her i cleanse my soul! Beautiful

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @4elements

      The ocean does have this magical influence on us all. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. :)

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      inspiring and beautiful!!

      thanks for sharing...

      cheers,

      Raghav.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Rag Thank you...it is so nice to see you here and to read your thoguthful comments. :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Beautiful poem, I enjoyed reading it.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Coolmom. I am pleased you found enjoyment with this music poem, and appreciate your comments.

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      KittyMack 5 years ago

      Like your short stories this is magical and beautiful Genna. I feel, smell and see the power and beauty of the ocean.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @KittyMack

      Thanks, Kitty; that is what I had hoped to accomplish.

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      you suggest one 5 years ago from NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND

      Wonderful poem Genna,I used to have a holiday home by the sea,on the east coast of England but due to the economic situation I had to let it go,and boy do I miss it,the power of the sea is mesmerising and at times brings a feeling of peaceful serenity,but other times the sea can be merciless,alovely poem,brought back many happy memories,thank you.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @You

      I recognize a fellow lover of the sea and ocean. :-) Thanks for the read and the kind and thoughtful comments!

      I am sorry to hear that you had to let go of your holiday home; thankfully, the ocean is still there as well as the many memories you have been blessed with.

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      pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

      A beautiful and powerful piece. I love how you relate the ocean to us. I often do the same. The ebb and flow of the tide is akin to the tides of our minds. Excellent hub.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Penny; I am pleased you enjoyed this poem. My apologies for not responding earlier. I like your comment about the tides of our minds as well.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Very creative and exceptionally beautiful too.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you acaetnna. I appreciate your comments. :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Genna, great poem. It is truly beautiful. Holds great meaning.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you lyric; it is a subject dear to my heart. I appreciate the kind words.

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I love the ocean, and miss it terribly. The ocean is a fickle lady. One moment she is calm and lovely, but the next she is a raging furry, that will kill and maim as she pleases. We are just here to be caretakers of Mother Earth. we are not doing a very good job i'm afraid. Beautifully done!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Paddy! I so agree...we are not doing a good job; these are God's gifts to us and it breaks my heart to see us take them so much for granted.

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      HaleyMCruz 4 years ago from California

      Wow, I do love the ocean, and I was thinking of doing a poem about the ocean too! The line "I sometimes seize from you the life you take from me..." was my favorite; it says a lot to me and gives me emotions that I can't name with words. If I could write a creative and loving hub like this, I'd be a happy camper. Thanks for sharing with me :)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Haley;

      Thanks so much, and I look forward to reading your peom about the ocean as well.

      Cheers!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I enjoyed reading this again as if the first time and the music video is so soothing. Our hearts now go out to all the victims of Hurricane Sandy who wrecked such havoc on the upper east coast of the U.S. Your poem shows the calmness and also the turbulence of the sea. SHARING!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a beautiful poem, Genna. It speaks of the connection we have with the oceans...the oceans of life. The music choice was just perfect-so relaxing. UP/A/B and sharing. Thank you

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      What a beautiful tribute you have made to God's greatest creation that was here before the land was and what takes up more than half of this planet. It was not the ocean's fault that the Lands of the Pacific were devastated by tsunamis. I believe it is the earth changes due to the overpopulation of life that causes changes to the ocean's floor, in combination to any turbulence in the galaxies that cause the winds to rise, and there is no human possible way to control the forces of nature before any changes happen. Perhaps the moon's phases have a lot to do with the tide. We can only be blessed by its beauty and rhythm. Awesome video. I will listen to it again and again.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      WoW You have a beautiful way with words.

      Even without the sweet music, this poem would have sung to me.

      I adore the ocean and miss it every day of my life since we moved far from the place where I could see the Atlantic every day of my life without leaving my balcony,.

      Thank you for a wonderful hub

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Just a gorgeous pairing of music and verse--each compliments the other--and this was just so moving!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello everyone; I'm so sorry I am late in responding:

      @Peggy

      I love the ocean; it gives us so much. Thank you for those thoughtful words and for sharing. :-)

      @Denise

      I like your new avatar. Thank you for the votes and comments. The ocean is a lifeline for us in so many ways.

      @CM Castro

      Hi there, and thanks for stopping by. I’m pleased you enjoyed this poem; it was a pleasure to write. You are so right in your comment that we cannot control nature. This is profound in its wisdom, as it teaches us many things. Good to see you.

      @DimFlaxenwick

      Hello. What a nice thing to say…thank you! I hope you have the chance to visit the ocean from time to time. I know I would miss it as well. Have a great day. :-)

      @Audrey

      Once again, these are wonderful words from one of my favorite poets. Thank you, Audrey. :-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful idea to accompany your poem with music. Awesome.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you. I am pleased you enjoyed this little poem. :-)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      back to revisit a classic because I hear music everyday in the sounds of nature where I live so close to the lake here and also Merry Christmas to you and continued health, happiness and prosperity in the new year for you and your family

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Colin. It's always such a pleaasure to see you. Best wishes for the holidays. Lake Erie is beautiful. :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Genna - What can I add to what has already been acclaimed by your friends, fans and followers?

      Amen? Right on! I second that? I am at a loss for words to describe how I feel when I read your remarkable poetic lines. And you play the piano as well :)

      You are a gift to HP Genna. Yes, a real treasure.

      I enjoyed the relaxing video music and downloaded this music and others to my computer.

      Write on oh beautiful child of the arts! Big votes and sharing.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I’m truly humbled, Audrey, thank you. I am so impressed with your hubs, and always enjoy reading them. My parents gave me my love of music and nature. I do so love the sea, and had to write this poem. I don’t play the piano as much as I used to due to a wrist injury, but I still play with my own interpretations and limitations, and like to create melodies. Good to see you. :-)

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      carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      A beautiful piece, and the music was just right !

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you! :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow compelling and the music is right dead on :) voted awesome

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Frank. :-)

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      Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

      I always had this sense that we hold a kinship with the oceans. Each time I visit some shore, I want to get as close as I can to the breaking tides; hear the roar, and watch the waves crash upon the sand. Each time, I feel a sense of anticipation wondering where over the world that water which is arriving has been for the previous days, months, and years...and where it is going as it departs after its momentary encounter with the land. You poem brings a lot of that home to me. I really enjoyed it, Genna. ~WB

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Wayne. It's good to see you. Your thoughtful comment is so interesting…it is like poetry: ”…wondering where over the world that water which is arriving has been for the previous days, months, and years...and where it is going as it departs after its momentary encounter with the land.” I have heard that the ocean is the cradle of man; I think this might have something to do with our attraction and fascination. Regardless of our reasons, we drawn to nature’s liquid infusion with an irresistible longing. Thank you for your perceptive comments, Wayne. :-)

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Beautifully done Genna!

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Such beautiful words, Genna. And the sea/ocean images you paint with those words are gorgeous. I love the music and so fitting for the poem as well as the photo. Well done!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Lady and Suzette. I love the ocean and nature, so poetry like this is a labor of love. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      It's been 3 years since I've read this magnificent post. I'm treating myself to some inspiration and this is the perfect place to find it.

      Thank you dear Genna. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I can hear the ocean's quiet roar and feel its pull as I read your words dear friend. Our link and fascination with the ocean has always been and you have put it into words so well. A beautiful poem we can all feel in our hearts.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

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      Hi Audrey. Has it been three years? This is one of the first poems I wrote for HP. Nature, combined with music, is always an inspiration to me. And it is always a pleasure to see you. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

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      Thank you, Mary. You are right...it "has always been." I took a drive along the ocean beach front yesterday in Westport; even with the colder temps, people still frequent her shores, often staring off into the distance. I always appreciate your visits, my friend. I hope you had a warm and enjoyable Thanksgiving. :-)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Genna, when I read work like this, I know exactly why I love poetry. I was born on a tiny island, so the ocean is in my blood. You've captured the ocean in all its many facets, quirks and subtle nuances. You weaved a little magic with each exquisite word in this beautiful poem. I'll be back for more.:)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Jo. I'm sorry I'm late in responding. Thank you for that wonderful comment. We are alike in that the ocean is "in the blood." I know exactly what you mean. It's always good to see you, and I am grateful for your encouraging thoughts, my friend. :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless the poets of the world, and God bless you for your talent and beautiful heart. This is writing in its purest form, and it is beautiful. Look at all the comments for a poem...who said HP wasn't the platform for poetry? Good writing is good writing no matter where you find it, and this is fantastic writing, Genna.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bill, thank you for that generous comment. It humbles me to know that others -- especially talented writers like you, whom I admire and respect -- appreciate this poem. I hope you are right about HP and the platform for poetry. We seem to have lost many of our most talented poets to other pastures. Have a great weekend, my friend. :-)

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      RTalloni 10 months ago from the short journey

      Inspired by the ocean, your poem has a wide scope and scale that is filled with subtle shadings and overtones. How sweet to dedicate it to your parents. What a gift they gave you!

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      Genna East 10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      RTalloni: Thank you! I am grateful every day for the gifts my parents gave us; I think we were blessed in so many ways. I hope you enjoyed the weekend, and Mother's Day. :-)

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