One Single Impression: Pensive

I have a friend
Who walks in rivers.

The challenge is balance,
He says.

He takes his time,
Feels his way,
Stays on his feet.

I will try that in the Atlantic,
I thought.

For a change
I will not rise with the waves
Or dive into them.

I will forget everything
I know about swimming,
Watch the waves,

And stay on my feet.

There will be
No going under today.

The waves pushed;
I stepped back.
The current pulled;
I stepped forward.

I watched the horizon

As it rolled into me
And I rolled into it.

I thought I heard a whisper;
It was my own breathing.

Comments

  1. very well written sandy.

    i like these lines:

    The waves pushed;
    I stepped back.
    The current pulled;
    I stepped forward.

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  2. powerful, so much meaning-it is life.

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  3. For some time, I haven't visited your site. As I read some of your posts today, I ask myself how I could have overlooked them. I love your blog and will be a regular visitor. Promise.

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  4. Your post took me back. Thanks

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  5. Beautiful words and thoughts as always and a wonderful way to start my day! You never fail to inspire, Sandy! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  6. Wow...lovely words..Last para is brilliant

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  7. You are definitely in a pensive state of mind here Sandy. Nice work with the prompt. I especially liked the last 4 lines. Many hugs...

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  8. Inspirational, absolutely. Love it.
    In reality, I couldn't do that. I only dip my toes in the Atlantic (Cape Cod anyway)--too cold!

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  9. I bet it was cold!
    Lovely poem. I enjoyed that.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  10. Splendid! That's pretty much how one should live life, I think. :)

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  11. Nifty words Sandy.

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  12. This was like a meditation.

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  13. These are beautiful thoughts and words. Pensive, but profound.

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  14. I felt I was trying to balance and holding my breath as I read.

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  15. Magic words and a great scene. Off my shore is a gentler expanse - the North Sea. It's even named after me ;-)

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  16. Beautiful post! A wonderful description of the power of the ocean! Loved it!
    Hey! My fiber piece is installed!! Come see!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  17. Beautiful words Sandy, I love the last two lines:
    I thought I heard a whisper;
    It was my own breathing.

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  18. Beautifully written! =)

    -Weasel

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  19. beautiful story , well said!

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  20. a lovely tale.. yes.. :) following in another's footsteps can make one pensive I guess :)

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  21. Wonderfully put...
    I held my breathe too, as you stepped back and forth in the waves...

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  22. Held my breathe too as the thought process was unfolding in your mind...

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  23. Sandy, I have read much of your writing in the past and I have to tell you, I really feel the depth of this poem :)

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  24. Anonymous6:12 PM

    Balance - probably the most difficult mean of movement, yet the most successful.

    Please have a good new week.

    daily athens

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  25. Fantastic from the first line on through to the end. Loved it.

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  26. Brave of you to take on an ocean.

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  27. This is a wonderful little ditty, Sandy. I kept waiting for your writer to be pulled down but it didn't happen. :)

    It also reminded me of a short movie I watched on PBS last night called "Salt." It had a cast of one, a fellow riding his bicycle pulling a trailer across a dried up salt lake.
    His purpose was to find a place devoid of landscape features so he could photograph the heavens. One showed the Big Bipper going around the North Star.
    I would recommend it highly.
    http://video.pbs.org/video/1567694583/
    (paste into your browser)
    ..

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  28. Very nice indeed! I like the image
    "I watched the horizon
    As it rolled into me
    And I rolled into it."

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  29. Wonderful images and words. Thank you for that wonderful read!

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  30. And when one starts hearing her breathing.... she is floating.

    .... And no going under today!

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  31. I watched the horizon

    As it rolled into me
    And I rolled into it.


    These lines bowled me over.. beautiful, this!

    And Sandy.. thanks for your visit and your good wishes..be there to inspire always..

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  32. A fine poem!! So visual and vibrant - it moves with energy and thought.

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  33. Oh, this is so beautiful.
    and i feel as though there is much here...

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  34. Liked your poem and photos. I'm going to have to visit Top Sail

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  35. Anonymous10:18 PM

    Oh beautiful! One with the waves, the horizon, and one is tempted to think, the all that is.

    Loved the final lines, like a whisper of one's own breathing.

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  36. So many great lines in this poem Sandy- great metaphors for life as well. I loved "there will be no going under today" Perfect for school- on the part of the kids and teachers! Have a wonderful tomorrow~~~

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