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Looking to Sea

I walk along the ocean shore
Seeking refuge from all my strife.
The wave-soaked sand serves as my floor.
Stars guide my reflections on life.

I cast my gaze to ocean’s roar
In search of helpful solutions; 
Like countless other souls before,
Wanting more than trite locutions.

Just then a vessel passes by,
Its lights merely a few dim specks;  
Its dip below horizon nigh,
Concealing those who ply its decks.

The steady din of waves breaking
Washes my consciousness to sleep;
‘Til seagull’s squawk gets me waking,
And pondering the ocean’s deep.
	
Now back to my thirst for answers,
For enlightenment from the seas;
Distant waves break – tiny dancers, 
Possibilities in its breeze.
 
Maybe that’s the sum of it all -
The shore’s a retreat from our fuss; 
A harbor from life’s random squall,
But the steering is up to us.


5/29/2016

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Date: 6/8/2018 8:27:00 PM
Finally seeing your reply to my comment on this poem a while back! I hope I can find one of yours to read. I clicked on several and had already commented to them.
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Date: 6/11/2018 9:24:00 AM
Hi, Andrea! I hope your week is going very well. Thank you very much for stopping by again and commenting on this one. I truly appreciate your consistently kind and uplifting words! I really do. I will be posting some new poems soon, and I promise to let you know as soon as I do. I wish only the very best to you and yours always, my good friend! Thanks for all you do for Soup!! :) Bartholomew
Date: 6/8/2018 4:34:00 PM
I stop by to just say thank you, Bartholomew, for your kind inspirational compliment.. Hugs Eve
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Date: 6/11/2018 9:20:00 AM
No problem at all, Eve. Your inspiring poem easily elicited my compliment! Thank you very much for your supportive, encouraging words, my friend. Hugs right back to you! :) Bartholomew
Date: 4/26/2018 8:13:00 AM
The ocean shore is where I go to find serenity. I have written many poems about the sea and shore. Many congrats on your so well deserved first place win with this masterpiece. Sincerely Elaine
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Date: 4/26/2018 4:18:00 PM
Elaine, thank you so much for your exceedingly kind words!! I really appreciate them. It seems that several of us have discovered the secret of the shore and utilize it as a place of serenity (as you mention), comfort, and refuge. You now have stirred my curiosity, so I will read some of your poems soon. Thanks again for your uplifting comments! All my best to you. :) Bartholomew
Date: 4/19/2018 7:09:00 PM
ahh, you too love the shore!! I just had to come see your TROPHY win and it was well worth seeing. Belated congrats on that prize.
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Date: 4/19/2018 10:08:00 PM
Thank you very much, Andrea! Yes, I do love the shore, whether it's the ocean, a river, or even just a small lake. Something about bodies of water elicit reflections on life from me. Thank you for stopping by and your very nice comments. I sincerely appreciate both. All my very best to you and yours! :) Bartholomew
Date: 3/2/2018 6:21:00 PM
A breathtaking write Bartholomew, with each poetic line steeped in meaningful and beautiful imagery. A big belated congratulations on your richly deserved trophy win!
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Date: 3/2/2018 8:19:00 PM
Thank you very much, Susan! I truly appreciate your kind words of support. It does feel good to now have one of these "trophies" (takes a bit of pressure off me, I guess). Thanks so much for stopping by. It is wonderful to hear from you!! Blessings to you! :) Bartholomew
Date: 2/13/2018 6:04:00 PM
wow, I came to your trophy win and was not disappointed. YOu did very well with this one, Bartholomew. a Big belated Congrats!
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Date: 2/14/2018 9:45:00 AM
Thank you very much, Andrea. It is always such a pleasure to read your comments. :) I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement. It does feel good to get one of these "trophies" under my belt. Now back to writing poetry! Many, many blessings to you and yours, Andrea. :) Bartholomew
Date: 2/4/2018 2:31:00 PM
Hello Bartholomew, A Wonderful atmospheric poem with deep meanings and very descriptive. I really enjoyed your excellent piece and well done on the Trophy win, kind regards, Kevin
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Date: 2/6/2018 10:49:00 AM
Thank you very much, Kevin, for your very meaningful and much appreciated comment! It means a lot to me. I am happy you enjoyed my poem. When I get a chance, I will read some of yours. You have my very best wishes as you continue your poet's journey! :) Bartholomew
Date: 2/2/2018 7:42:00 AM
A really deep poem with great metaphor used, Bartholomew:) congratulations on your trophy win, well done:)
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Date: 2/2/2018 7:59:00 PM
Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement and support, Jo! I sincerely appreciate it and am glad you enjoyed my poem. Thanks for stopping by. I wish you only the best. :) Bartholomew
Date: 2/1/2018 1:57:00 PM
Bartholomew, this is a pleasing atmospheric poem combining striking imagery with intriguing thoughts.
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Date: 2/1/2018 5:56:00 PM
Thank you very much for your considerate and reflective comment, Geoffrey. I am truly grateful. You have my very best wishes. :) Bartholomew
Date: 2/1/2018 9:10:00 AM
Congrats on your top placement. An excellent piece!
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Date: 2/1/2018 9:35:00 AM
Thank you very much, Richard, for your kind and encouraging words. I sincerely appreciate them. Thank you also for reading my poem and leaving a positive comment. Best wishes to you and yours, Richard! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 7:57:00 PM
Wonderful write, Bartholomew, and a well-deserved win ... so many elements here that I enjoy, but especially the imagery! Well-done, my friend! :-)
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Date: 1/29/2018 11:09:00 PM
Greg, as always, thank you so much for your consistently positive, uplifting words of encouragement! I appreciate you. You wrote a nautical beauty with "Captiva Morns" (please see my comments there), and I am thrilled to see it made the winner's circle!! Sailor's delight, indeed! Blessings and all my very best to you, my friend! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 7:42:00 PM
Beautiful thoughts in your well-written poem, Batholomew. Congratulations on your First Place Trophy win! Sandra
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Date: 1/29/2018 10:26:00 PM
Thank you very much, Sandra. Right back at you with your strong placement with "Snow Falling"! I really enjoyed your piece (please see my comments there). Thank you for sharing the podium with me. All good things to you! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 6:45:00 PM
Congratulations on your trophy win, Bartholomew! ...Fran
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Date: 1/29/2018 11:08:00 PM
Thank you very much, Fran! I greatly appreciate your words. I've been on PS for a year, and I am truly humbled to get my first "trophy." I enjoyed your piece, "Morning Light" (please see my comments there), and I'm not at all surprised by your strong showing. Nice job!! Blessings, my friend! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 4:29:00 PM
Congrats on your fine win, Bartholomew. Superbly done.
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Date: 1/29/2018 10:55:00 PM
Line, thanks so much for taking the time to read my poem and provide such a nice comment. I am honored. I wish all good things to you and yours! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 4:28:00 PM
Congratulations , Bartholomew, on Skat's contest :)
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Date: 1/29/2018 10:53:00 PM
Thanks so much, Eve! I appreciate your congratulations. I enjoyed your poem, "Nightmare Image of Lies," (please see my comments there) and salute you and your winning entry! You have my very best wishes, as always! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 2:28:00 PM
Congratulations Bartholomew, great work...
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Date: 1/29/2018 10:19:00 PM
Charlie, thank you very much for your encouraging words. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a positive message. All my best to you! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/29/2018 2:22:00 PM
Bartholomew W, Congrats on your awesome win....With Lots Of Love *SKAT*
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Bartholomew Williams
Date: 1/29/2018 10:17:00 PM
Hi, SKAT. Thank you so much for your kind, gracious words! I really appreciate your sponsorship of this contest, and I am grateful for your selection of my poem for first place. I have been entering PS contests for a year now, and this is my first "trophy." It sure feels nice! Thanks, again. Blessings and hugs to you!! :) Bartholomew
Date: 5/25/2017 8:11:00 AM
Congrats on your win!
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Date: 5/25/2017 2:30:00 PM
Thank you very much, Joseph. I appreciate your good sportsmanship and enjoyed your poem, "Where echoes hide". Congratulations on your win with that entry! Nice job!! :)
Date: 2/2/2017 6:36:00 AM
What an amazing write, 34/40 on my score, enough for second place, great rhymes! Thanks for entering Bartholomew!
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Date: 2/4/2017 9:47:00 AM
John, thank you so much for your very encouraging words! I sincerely appreciate it. Thanks, also, for sponsoring this contest. My very best wishes to you!