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The hectic world is like a giant ocean.
Every day we wake up and dive in.
We dive into our work, activities, or 
errands we must do inside this great big world of blue!

Our friends and family, at least to me, would be
the good times we enjoy at the beach,
for a sunny beach is like a home -
a place to come back to from our ventures out to the sea,
a place to rest, to just hang out and be with family.
It’s the place I always will return to
when diving time is done.
After all the challenges of being in the ocean,
despite the many wonders to be found there,
can you imagine life without a beach?
To not be able to come back from ocean’s depths
and sprawl yourself casually upon soft sand
which has been warmed from the sun, that sweet love 
which radiates From friends and family?

Friends and family -
they are the many good things at the beach.
Some are the lovely palm trees I always long to see,
bending graciously in ocean‘s breeze.
Others are the embankments along the shore.
Unchanging, they are my constant companions.
And some are the waves rolling in from time to time 
to greet me. I love to run into the playful waves, 
for they make life fun and beautiful.

Unlike the giant ocean, upon which terrible storms arise,
the beach is often safe. I expect security from it.
The swaying palms are there to calm me.
The sturdy cliffs are my  steady sustenance. 
The waves I daily jump are often gentle, but sometimes
they can turn into cruel monsters!
When they knock me down, usually I get right back up from them!
However, some can dump on me, exhibiting great force.
Others surge, and try to drag me out to perilous sea.
God forbid I ever must face a life-threatening tsunami!

When the sun withdraws its happy glow
and a once-friendly wave starts pushing hard against me,
 I feel like I am drowning,
being pushed down deep in a rip current.
I must not fight back, struggling to get back to the shore.
This is a time to relax and to stay calm.
I release the animosity the wave has caused in me.
All the tension from the stress, I must simply let it go.
It’s difficult, I know, but I must take a breath -
 B  R  E  A  T  H  E    O  U  T and float. . . 

Now I rise above it.

                                  I’m going with the flow.

Soon enough I float myself to shore -
to the warmth of the beach, my security.
A new day comes soon enough.
I resume my dives into the ocean,
knowing happily that always I will have
the palm trees waving me back in
and the lovely waves that rock my world are there.
I have a beach to come back to.

Written June 12, 2016 for contest Judged 6/17/2016
For the I Got Zero, Nothing, Nada -1 Contest of Broken Wings

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 12/19/2016 4:23:00 PM
WOW - I sure enjoyed this write, Andrea. The metaphors are outstanding and poetically expounded upon; the 2nd to last stanza, the wave - cancer, I thought, that you must breathe thru and surrender. This is moving. My emotion may not make it thru the list in one night, but the poet in me will and is poetically excited to do so. CayCay
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Date: 7/9/2016 5:53:00 AM
Metaphorically rich and soothing on the mind, Andrea. As always, you go through life with a positive outlook. Congrats on a merited win. ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 7/5/2016 12:16:00 PM
Andrea, congratulations on your placement in Broken Wings' contest. Enjoyed your write so much, I have used three of your lines here in a cento called Embrace the Lines If you have an objection, please let me know.
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Date: 7/4/2016 4:16:00 PM
Hi Andrea, I'm so suprised this well written piece didn't place in the other contest. I'm so happy this beautiful poem with amazing imagery and content got another chance. Congrats on your win it was well deserved: -) Alexis
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Date: 7/3/2016 7:42:00 PM
Alluring imagery Andrea, congratulations...
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Date: 6/21/2016 8:18:00 AM
Great metaphors sis. The quote beautiful and you captured it's essence so well.
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Date: 6/18/2016 2:02:00 PM
Well written good poem xxx
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Date: 6/17/2016 8:14:00 AM
Love the analogy and the quote you found is very fitting.
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Date: 6/17/2016 12:55:00 AM
Wonderful metaphor of the sea and the beach:) All the best:)
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Date: 6/16/2016 4:26:00 PM
Oh Lord, The Sea Is So Big And My Boat Is So Small. However, with faith we can rise above it all. There is NOTHING in the world that Jesus and I cannot face and conquer together. Great write my friend. Loved it. God Bless, JB
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Date: 6/16/2016 6:13:00 AM
You summed it up perfectly it Andrea! "Life is a beach!" The seas and the skies are wonderful reminders of the life all around us! Good luck on contest!
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Date: 6/15/2016 11:31:00 PM
A lovely way to cope Andrea. The ocean has its wonderful way of calming the spirit. Best of luck in the contest! ; )
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Date: 6/15/2016 1:17:00 PM
All the joys and frights of a day at the beach. We have lakes in Michigan as you must know. And all your fine lines fit. Love, daver
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Date: 6/15/2016 3:20:00 AM
An excellent write, Andrea. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Date: 6/15/2016 1:11:00 AM
Excellent. Beautifully described. Well penned. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 6/14/2016 10:38:00 PM
Hopefully, like a beached whale, we don't get stuck on shore. :) And we keep swimming till God plucks us from the depths. Peace. :)
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Date: 6/14/2016 6:05:00 PM
A beautifully crafted poem , stay strong :)
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Date: 6/14/2016 3:34:00 PM
Andrea, I love the metaphors you used. Very creative!
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Date: 6/14/2016 9:14:00 AM
Nice metaphor for life! Good luck in the contest! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 6/14/2016 1:51:00 AM
awesome described everything beautifully..~blessed~..
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Date: 6/14/2016 1:41:00 AM
Hello my friend - Sorry you haven't heard from me lately but I have been off the Soup lately due to some health issues. But what a way to return! Reading one of Andrea's poems! You have GOT to be one of the most positive and optimistic people I know...Absolutely LOVE the idea of the palm trees waving me back into the water. WOW and a double WOW to the whole poem...
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Date: 6/13/2016 11:34:00 PM
I love this pleasant read poem, good luck in the contest........A.M.
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Date: 6/13/2016 9:18:00 PM
Covetable beach in a splendour of metaphor....a stark joy....
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