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
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…
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
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,
In round silver measures
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
The Reach -- Dan Fogelberg
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