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To Quell the Tide

Updated on January 8, 2012
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To Quell the Tide

By Tony DeLorger © 2012

In life we view the changing tides from the land,

often overwhelmed by the swell of rising water,

the inexhaustible avalanche of life

and all its learning and responsibilities.

From our perspective life brings fear,

fear of being washed away in the deluge,

battered and out of control,

with drowning a tragic likelihood.

Yet in freedom we rise above the waves,

looking down at but a few ripples

that simply pass a weathered stone on the sand,

its action smooth and gentle, the sharp edges wearing with time.

The changing tides are not destructive but instructive,

giving us reason to question our lives,

the answers more about perspective than force.

It is our perspective alone that determines response,

determines how we understand what we are looking at

and how we quell the emotional feelings that arise.

Life is never easy, but it is we, who make it more difficult,

who, driven by fear, perceive disaster rather than challenge,

rather than a task that is necessary for change,

or a lesson needed for understanding.

The tides of life are but the outer expression

of a soul needing nourishment and acceptance of change.

Perspective is everything.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Krystal, you comment is much appreciated.

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      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Tony, I continue to enjoy reading your poetry. This poem was thoughtful and your choice of words was vivid. I enjoyed the metaphor of waves to emotions-they have a lot in common!

      Voting up and awesome :)