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Learning to Become a Wave: How Our Life Circles Are Different

Updated on May 16, 2013
'Learning To Become a Wave'
'Learning To Become a Wave' | Source

What makes us who we are?

Storm Surf.
Storm Surf.

Who you really are inside?

Learning to become a wave, is about the special little things and life experiences, that make us who we really are and that can help others to identify who we really are as a result of those unique experiences. Also, this article can be about the subtle differences between the mindsets of rural and urban people, or races and cultures and how those mindsets can influence peer or generational relationships. For example; how city born and raised children may view their rural minded parents or how, for whatever reason, some abandon the very things that make them unique.

'Learning to become a wave,' is about understanding that sometimes we are too quick to judge others, based on our own assumptions or perceptions of who we feel they should or should not be. It is about being able to positively merge cultural heritages that have got one to where one is today. About learning to see life for what life really is; a multi-faceted opportunity to become wiser, better balanced and ultimately happier, by being true to oneself. Lastly, it is about becoming a wave and what it takes to know all the factors that make waves what they are and what, as a result of fully implementing those factors, a wave can potentially become. If you understand the relevance and influence of the ocean, then you will understand the message within this allegory.

Copyright © 2012 - 2013 Pearldiver - Art of the Diver with all rights reserved.

Rocks glisten with each splash learning to become a wave.

Stepping stones.
Stepping stones. | Source

This poem uses the author's own unique life experience, to illustrate the essence of the message within and provide an opportunity to get a glimpse of a very special place. If you read 'Learning to Become a Wave' slowly and aloud, then the poetry and visualization that these small splashes (words) bring to life, will show you why it is important to never let go of the magic that can be found in special places. Why it is important to be loyal to that magic, to oneself, to one's roots. Ironically this poem is also about how such experiences in life help to create a depth of character in one's life. Sadly, it would seem that some of those who would 'judge' the quality of such poetry, do so with an absence of depth and real life experience! Please enjoy the depth of the words.

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Ebb tide
Ebb tide | Source

Wet, Freshly Born Mushrooms.

White mounds
White mounds | Source

Crawling upwards to the top.

Standing 150.
Standing 150. | Source

Or become lost on a bush track.

Lost on the track.
Lost on the track. | Source

Learning About Life... 'Learning to become a wave."

Rounded rocks glisten with each lap, lap, lap

Of small splashes learning to become waves

On the western side of my island, life is born

To a magic place that holds the essence of many souls

And calls to each now gone, to never forgot here


At the southern end of my island stands a lighthouse

Showing his phallic way for one hundred and fifty years

With cast iron spiral steps climbing steeply to the lamp

Boasting of every boot and every sole they've ever met

And of a young infant crawling upward to the top, without fear


On the eastern side of paradise comes the sun

Skipping purposely across the ocean to light my shores

A departing moon concedes and fades high above

Switched off, like midnight stars, the lighthouse sleeps

And daylight shows an island’s naked beauty to the world


There’s a special tiny cove on the northern shores

If you dig very carefully you’ll find fossils in the rock

A tiny shell complete with an ancient snail’s dream

Means nothing to city kids who never learned this way

But in nature's classroom on any day, somewhere, my soul will be there


Early morning sea mists coat.

Clinging to country.
Clinging to country. | Source
We are so very different.
We are so very different. | Source
Sweeping the beach.
Sweeping the beach. | Source

Early morning sea mists coat the stillness of my hope

That deep urge to find freshly born mushrooms, in glee

Before the sunrise, anticipation known for its taste

Searching wet paddocks for white mounds in filtered light

And filling hungry buckets too easily fed, with the best


And I married a city girl, who had to cling to her city ways

And live beyond the light and haunting call of seabirds

A pretty face, a pretty heart, but no rural island clues

So in city ways we raised our young, though I always hoped

They would understand, what finding wild fruit really means

To every country kid, on an island in the city, trying to cope


We are so very different in the things we value most

And we don’t agree on how important mushrooming is

To every city child who never sees nature, at her best

And to every country kid who's always happy, just to see

Can you ever learn to gain true balance in the total of all our ways?

Or do I simply give up and just ignore the pulse within my breast?


I’ve always missed that part of me that stayed and never left

And roamed and explored and played, so I became who I am

I could never explain that, to even my own city family

So they always looked at my way and me sideways

As years go by, city ways envelop all island and country life

But I guess, you can’t describe bare feet to city kids, anyway


Some country kids have pretty faces and pretty hearts

But inside, never truly understand the city, or its energies

So they struggle with new ways and the importance to be seen

As something that they are not inside, irrespective of the theme

Learn that city kids care to bully and care to win, by being mean

Always like to move on, though they miss, what really should be seen

Do we let the influence of others affect who we become and how we care?

Just assume, rather than understand why other kids feel differently here?


Some city kids have pretty faces and pretty hearts

But inside, could never understand what it is to be

A child alone before a sunrise, searching for a special taste

Greeting each day with all the anticipation that it takes

To remain true to their uniqueness and loyal to all the roots

That made them strong, that made them brave

Or an island, with its wise guiding light to help us see

Each special life, each simple splash, learning to become a wave!


* Words by Pearldiver *

Copyright © 2012 - 2013 Pearldiver - Art of the Diver with all rights reserved

Clinging to the city.
Clinging to the city. | Source

A light under midnight stars.

Before the dawn.
Before the dawn. | Source

An Island: Tiri Tiri Matangi.

There is truly something very special about living on an island, completely self sufficient and sharing its beauty with only family and pets, wildlife and nature. My father was the head lighthouse keeper at several lighthouses on remote parts of New Zealand's coastline and Tiri Tiri Matangi Island, in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, was his last station prior to moving to an unknown place called a city.

The island today is a bird sanctuary and after the mid 1980's was replanted with native bush in anticipation of new arrivals. At the same time the lighthouse was automated with the introduction of solar energy. The current lighthouse keeper of the day was offered the opportunity to become a permanent island supervisor and did so, until his retirement in 2007.

Those paddocks that once gave up so many varieties of mushrooms, are now lost to the bush tracks which meander across the island. I knew every inch of this amazing place, including where to find the best shells, fish, fossils and artifacts. I still know every inch, perhaps more so than those who currently manage the island. In many respects, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by that statement. After all, it was every one of those inches that helped form my depth of understanding, character and ultimately who I am as a unique wave.

Thank you for reading this piece. I hope that in your life, you have the opportunity to find a special place that helps you know who you are. Take care.


Copyright © 2012 - 2013 Pearldiver - Art of the Diver with all rights reserved

A very special place to become a wave: Tiritiri Matangi Island.


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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi LaThing, yep that was where I learned to be different from the status quo, simply because of the a lifestyle and education. .. no one in the city even knew that we were the Tsunami warning system, when we saw a tsunami wave, we were expected to radio the folk in the city that they had 2-5 minutes to escape and then we were expected to not survive!

      Living on that island was everyone's dream.. but been there/done that and who cares, comes to mind... it was the ultimate lifestyle and leaving it behind for the city was very hard to do... obviously, as the poem states. City kids were pretty immature, both physically and mentally.. having no real outdoors experience, so that's the first thing you find out in a move like that. Anyway.. I've said it all in a poem and it applies to what was my unusual upbringing... in my life I have never met anyone else who lived like that... so I relate to unicorns as well... open and friendly nature comes from allowing penguins, dolphins and strangers into our lives... the city to me was just a place you couldn't see the stars from... I didn't even know people lived there until I was 6... now I do! cheers for reading.. take care.. PD

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Sorry, I was rereading your poem, and noticed I made a mistake in my comment :)

      Meant to say 'secluded', not 'excluded', lol

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Robby, this is the best one I have read so far! It's so unique, it's so you! There is so much in this...... I was born and bred in a city, but my heart is not there. I would have loved to live in an island, excluded, and with the vast ocean as your toy box!! I envy you :)

      I could go on, but will stop here...... Take care!

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      Rob Welsh 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Candie, ummm.. apple and blackberry pie is just divine, but also goes really well with gooseberries.. if you can find A-Grade blackberries instead of those Bblackberries that you are suggesting mate! Thank you for your vote of confidence though Candie.. take care

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      Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I, for one, would love to see what you come up with for apples and Bblackberries!!

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      Rob Welsh 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Someway, pleased you read this poem.. yes it is quite deep, but it needed to be to carry the baton. It's a pretty awesome island though and if you view it on google earth, you can see the reasons for the attachment.

      Well good that you weren't Yogied mate! You should know how hard it is getting lost in the woods when you drop a trail of breadcrumbs every few steps! You are lucky that you don't have Kakawader birds there though.. they make sleeping in the bush virtually impossible and always try to steal your pillow or your boots!

      Thanks for your input Someway.. I'm glad you liked this work.. take care my friend.

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      SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      "Always like to move on, though they miss, what really should be seen"

      "Or do I simply give up and just ignore the pulse within my breast?"

      ....from the heart - from you...i really like the photo 'stepping stones''s beautiful; haunting;

      i feel my best and at peace when i'm surrounded by nature...always in awe

      I got lost in the woods last weekend...i finally made it out, but it was really dark...i was totally comfortable; no fear; relaxed and ready to spend the night...knowing with daylight I'd find my way ....and see all that beauty surrounding me again..:D

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      Rob Welsh 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi there Ron, been awhile my friend, I hope all is well in your world. Yes your work always reflects your positive approach and I guess like me, you have also found that having that approach helps to make it easier to set your writing style and format.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this Ron and for leaving such a supportive set of compliments. I appreciate your support and wish you an early positive Christmas wish.. Hope it's a great one.. you take care Sir.

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      Rob Welsh 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi there Candie, when I was writing this, I thought about all those here that I know enjoy places off the beaten trail.. and yes that did include you. I wondered if perhaps only they would understand what I was saying in this poem, as I know that the attachment to a city is not the same as an attachment to isolated places and can't just be thought of as if they are merely opposite points of view.

      I don't believe that city born/raised people have the chance to experience the 'oneness' with the land and immediate environment. That was the thing that I was trying to describe in this poem. In my own way, I think I was also trying to give one or two 'city kids' a 3rd party perspective of that... Hahaha but I was also thinking about mushrooms! Heaven help the world when I think about blackberry and apple pie Candie!

      I'm sure your boy has already set his 'anchor' by now Candie, but it is important to get a balance between both environments, to gain a greater understanding of life and change. Thanks for your input my friend, as always, take care..

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Very beautiful and inspirational. Very thought-provoking and encouraging! I'm a firm believer in being all that you can be and putting your best foot forward in life. Thanks for the motivation and hope that so many desperately need.

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      Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I have come full circle.. A country girl who found joy in sitting on a hay stack.. To be a city girl.. Now back to truly see the stars.. Hear the distant train whistles.. Raised my son here, now he longs for city lights over star lights. We make our homes where we will.. But our anchor is solidly placed in our hearts! Thanks pd for this poem, for the beautiful pictures, and the memory of eating fresh blackberries and apples without going to the mega grocery store!!


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