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A Midsummer Night's Beach

When I was a girl, still on the island I’d sit in the sand and brood and revel in what I thought was utter enlightenment a teenage rebel with dime-store refinement We were all this way, and there is no shame In the unchecked mind of us in our prime The best nights of those When the sea was calm and The moon was out and Blazingly bright, it would light up the night Set the whole ocean glowing Like a deep inky opal Translucent abyss of black Lightly flecked With an iridescent waltz of electric blue, neon purple, alien green, and diamond white It was on these nights That I’d get in the water By some stunning feat of abrasive wave action Or possibly some secret dolphin magic A tide pool would arise A lagoon off the shore Drifting and shifting over the course Of a week, maybe two Drifting out, drifting in Widening out, slimming in Shallow enough to sit in at dawn Submerged to my neck at the day’s final yawn Defiant of the perpetuity of the ocean at large A toy trench off the shore Spanning the length of a whale Sometimes less, sometimes more My own nascent Marianas Never failed to provide An off-shore haven where I could reside These transient channels, clear and serene Cut off from the rest of the sea By a vast steppe of water, ankle deep Separating me in my watery kingdom Where no monstrous creature of the deep could reach Out and out that plain stretched (Only once did I test it) Till that clean sandy bottom would begin its descent Slowly at first, then quickly it went Down to the unknown dark Into a child queen of a tiny sea world, I’d transform Springing up from the bottom of pulverized quartz To shatter the surface between the water and the night Send millions upon millions of droplets of brine Glittering and spinning off into the night I’d leap out my trench, onto that shallow plain Sprint out to the edge of my earth and breathlessly gaze out over the hidden deep Reminded I’m only a guest The ocean is neither mine nor yours to keep Having drunk my fill of humility I’d spin round Fly back Dive back down Into my fleeting empire, my sea of tranquility My throne resumed, I’d splash and play With the smile of the summer Milky Way Shooting out of the ocean, slicing the southern sky The universe itself keeping a loving and watchful eye As the earth showed me exactly who she was No pretense I’d dig my fingers into the satiny sand And feel its realness Every cell of my skin feeling the water rush across As I coasted, submerged, along the bottom and lost Myself from the rest of mankind Then I’d rest my head back on that broad sandy mesa Gaze up at my friends Scorpius, Aquarius, and Cassieopiea Small ripples of water lapping at my temples Barring defense of Descartes’ deceiving God Not a thing in all the world could ever make me doubt That every sensation that I felt in those days Was a whisper from the cosmos telling me about The ways to be and The ways to see and All the states of mind that reveal What is good, and true, and right, and real

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Date: 11/13/2018 7:29:00 PM
Beautiful
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Date: 12/10/2017 1:12:00 PM
This is special. As good as anything on here. Well done
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Date: 1/12/2017 5:24:00 AM
WOW
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Date: 1/11/2017 4:49:00 AM
Oh, and the ocean is not only a favorite muse, but the place where I have always sought refuge - from childhood to today. Much of my work reflects it in different ways - that and the night sky - so any such work is joy to me. Have you ever read Whitman's "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" or "On the Beach at Night" ... two works that I still can't read without bringing tears and chills. This reminded me of those, and I can't give higher compliment than that. ;-)
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Carolyn Fish
Date: 1/11/2017 9:56:00 AM
I have not read those, but I will now. And I'm really honored that this poem reminded you of two works that you love. And I agree, it is hard sometimes to keep the inner child alive. I'm not always tapped in, but I try. Love your visits and reviews, thanks Greg!
Date: 1/11/2017 4:44:00 AM
My work prevents me from getting to read much of others' works here at The Soup, but few new members have charmed me and touched my imagination and spirit as you have, this work especially. I, myself, try to hang onto that child inside - especially when writing - and while some would call it immature, for me it is essential to keep our imagination active, visceral and even capricious. You are certainly tapped into that, and it's a quality in writing that I adore. Can't wait to read more!
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Carolyn Fish
Date: 1/11/2017 9:55:00 AM
Thank you!
Date: 1/8/2017 8:04:00 PM
I really liked how what is real comes from a "whisper of the cosmos". I love nature, especially the ocean. Great poem Carolyn !
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Carolyn Fish
Date: 1/8/2017 11:26:00 PM
Thank you :)
Date: 1/5/2017 12:37:00 PM
Wow, truly an inspiring wet dream. Thanks for sharing.
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Carolyn Fish
Date: 1/5/2017 1:54:00 PM
.. Thanks! Erm, I don't really know of any other use of the term "wet dream" other than to describe an erotic dream resulting in involuntary.. erm.. ya know. Which is totally OK, open to interpretations. But really its just a recounting of my childhood living on the beach. But either way, glad you liked the poem!
Date: 1/4/2017 4:53:00 PM
I agree with Chris, this piece is uniquely beautiful and wondrously deep! Creativity on this poem outshines any piece I've ever done methinks! You have a rare and truly wonderful talent! Adding to my fav list, be it free verse or epic..
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Carolyn Fish
Date: 1/4/2017 5:05:00 PM
Thank you! These positive reviews mean so much! I used to write all the time, and then just stopped for years. It is only within the past 6 months that I started writing regularly again, so I've been a little self-conscious about my work. Sharing and getting these positive vibes has helped my confidence and creativity tremendously, so thank you!
Date: 1/4/2017 3:04:00 PM
Carolyn, I am not sure either how to classify this as far as a poetic form but this piece of writing is definitely epic. What an amazing and magical journey my mind has just been on while reading your work. This I outstanding, incredibly creative and wonderfully expressed. Really nicely done. More people need to read this. This is a prime example of very cool poetry.
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Carolyn Fish
Date: 1/4/2017 4:04:00 PM
Wow thank you! I'm very glad this poem was able to transport you to a time and place that is so special to me. There was a lot of nostalgia and visceral memory that went into this, so I didn't want to restrict it too much by forcing any particular rhyme scheme or meter (but most of the time rhyme just kinda comes out of me anyway). I'm glad I'm not alone in being confused as to what category this poem fits into.