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Seaside Meditations

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By: Wayne Brown



Seagulls soar on the canvas of a bright blue sky

Cotton-candy, puff-white clouds go drifting by

Notes in bottles; treasures from other lands

Roll in with the tides; scatter upon the sands


Scallop sea-shells in sugar-fine beach sand

Ebbing tidal waters lapping time and again

A vast, emerald-green ocean stretching infinity

The rhythm of the waves; constant tranquility


A distant storm dances lightning all about

Too far away from land; it will blow itself out

The sun burning down on sugar-like sand

A quiet solitude lingers over this beach span


Orange and pink paint the sky as the sun sinks

Blue transits to black in the day to night link

An array of bright stars dot the blackened sky

Mixed with the low roar of the waves rolling by


The lonely passing of a beach-front starry night

A stroll in the sand; not a single soul is in sight

Only the vast ocean in the presence of one man

Alone with his thoughts where water meets sand


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30 March 2012


© 2012 Wayne Brown

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Debby Bruck....The ocean gives us a lot of images and sensations to draw from....humanity is truly drawn to the waters edge. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hi Wayne ~ The comments add so much to the poems through their appreciation of how you presented nature to the readers. They heard the sounds of the sea and felt the sand in their skin and the salty air on their cheeks as night fell by the crashing waters. Blessings, Debby

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Steve West...Thanks much....glad you enjoyed the poem. I will get by and check out your work. ~WB

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      Steve West 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      It's funny sir. I wrote today at the beach and a sixty second video if you would like to see or share. Sixty seconds at the beach.

      I enjoyed your poem. Coincidence it happened by the sea.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...I really like the way the mood of this came out as well...one of my better attempts to get what I feel on paper. Thanks much for those kind words. WB

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      My poetic friend you brought the sea, waves and sand to life for me. I felt the sand between my toes as I walked and listened to the sirens from the sea. The gulls on high dipping and swooning down to nip their catch between their beaks. I smell the sea air and seaweed mixed with low bellows of the nesting crabs hidden in their shells.

      OMG I just read Genna's comment above and without realizing it I have almost left the same comment here. Oh well, many poets do think alike and I admire your great work my friend as always. Beautifully done, I felt each word, thus a true poet you are to strike a nerve. Peace and blessings to you and yours always.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Genna East...I don't get to visit the ocean that much but when I do, these are the emotions that come forth in my mind. Glad I could share them with you and create such imagery. WB

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      As an unabashed lover of the seas and oceans, this poem truly touched me. The rhythm and tides are ever changing yet remain the same – as do we in many ways. Reading this lovely poetry, I can smell the pungent, sea salt air, and feel the sand under my feet. Thank you! Up and beautiful and more. :-)

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Peggy W....Thanks much. I wanted to set a mood and I am glad that you noticed. WB

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I really liked what you portrayed of being on the beach with the different things going on like the distant storm and ending at night. Very evocative poem and lovely video to add to the mood. Up and beautiful votes.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I suspect that the last man on Earth will find his way to a lonely ocean beach, to stand and wonder.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...I felt that showing the solitude and the bond between nightfall on the water would give me the effect that I wanted...guess it worked. Thanks much, Amy! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      Love that you ended your poem with a night setting:

      The lonely passing of a beach-front starry night

      Nothing like a quiet empty beach at night. Alone with just your thoughts and the beauty of God's nature.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Hypenbird...I hope you find just the tranquility there that I tried to depict in this poem. Thanks much. WB

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You have written perfectly of a perfect moment and place. We are going to the beach week after next and I shall remember your words as I sit alone at that transition of sea and sand. Thank you Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Deb Welch...One of the things which helps me to write is to find things which touch me emotionally...being near the water brings a tranquility that I cannot quite describe but it sure helped to write this one. Thanks much for the kind words. WB

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      WB - The video and photo completed a beautiful poem. Peaceful power of the water, sky and beach. I have read that one of the most lovely sites to view is watching the sun rise and the sun set. Excellent again.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Debby Bruck...Welcome back! As always, the place is ever-changing with new faces wandering in and out. Thanks much for those kind words...so glad you enjoyed the imagery. WB

      @Vellur...Sand varies greatly from beach to beach...the Pacific from the Atlantic, etc. Every beach has its own personality. Thanks much. WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Thank you, I certainly appreciate the read and the good marks! WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Such lovely words took me on a walk along the beach.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      This is really beautiful enjoyed reading.You have brought to life the deep blue sea, the beaches and all the scenic beauty associated with it. Desert sand is unique and has it's own special texture and feel.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Wayne ~ Colorful and peaceful meditation. I haven't been around Hubpages lately. This was a lovely entry. Blessings, Debby

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @acaetnna...I Thank You...so glad you ejoyed it. WB

      @drbj...I have seen that sand on the beaches of the Gulf and I love the way it looks...like sugar on the ground. Thanks much, Doc. WB

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      So realistic, Wayne, I almost - not quite but almost - got seasick. Loved your creative phrase: 'sugar-like sand.' Beautiful poetry and a perfect photo to accompany it.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Wow this is completely beautiful I so loved your words Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @carolinemd21...Thanks so much...glad it has a positive effect. WB

      @ImKarn23...Just the perfect mood! LOL! Thanks much! WB

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Sounds heavenly to me! It is perfect without me muddling it all up with words!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      Lovely poem Wayne. Gives me a sense of peace. Voted up and away.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @thebluestar...Thanks so much. I am suffering the same problem at this time...too many other things pulling at my sleeve cutting into my writing time and taking away my reading time as well. WB

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Another beautiful image from you pen Wayne. I am trying so hard to catch up with everyone, but I know that every time I catch up with you, I will always enjoy my visit. :)

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Diana Lee...Thank you, glad I could entertain. WB

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      You paint a pretty picture with your words, but the photos are nice, too. Beautiful, voted up.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @SJmorningsun25...Thank you very much. So glad you enjoyec it.

      @dahoglund...It certainly does, Don...we are hynotized by its motion and beauty. Thanks much. WB

      @AudreyHowitt...Thank you! WB

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Really a beautiful piece---

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      painting a picture with words. The sea has a hypnotic quality.

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      SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

      Beautiful, Wayne. Simply beautiful.