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The beach at Orca Praia Funchal Madeira

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I was recently on holiday in the island of Madeira, a Portugeuse island in the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel's rooms all faced the ocean. It was so relaxing and soothing to sit and listen to the sea roll in and roll out again, tossing the black basalt rock pebbles back and forth as the tide ebbed and flowed. Even the coarse sand is black. The island had been volcanic and the terrain shows that too.. wild rugged and steep sided in many places. 

Anyway. You have the mental picture.. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed sitting, listening, watching and writing.... 

The beach at Orca Praia – Funchal Madeira The powerful deep blue ocean Expends its tidal force Pounding down upon sea pebbles With thud and smash so coarse Watching from a vantage point From the horizon to the shore The lines of sea swell building up Growing bigger more and more Low, rumbling ocean rollers Waves curling with such symmetry Then the breakers quickly form and crash Tossing up a plume of spray of sea Incessant surf on shingle Swash, swoosh and susurrate With that endless marine motion That will never dissipate The waves break up and flatten The tidal rush now gone As the pebbles roll and rattle Against each other as they tumble on The roller spent, the wave now dead Or that is what it seems Then the backwash slithers downwards Sluicing pebbles like big grey beans The unending flow and ebb of tide Today a calm but restless sea Incessant waves wash and whoosh So soothing it can be But at other times she’s not so kind Or benign to beach or land Dashes disastrous desolation With a fury on rock or sand But for now I stand and wonder At Mother Nature’s gentle reach And watch and taste and listen To the ocean on that basalt beach

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 12/3/2014 1:55:00 PM
Thomas you portrayed this so brilliantly - we went to Madeira a couple of years ago - such a wonderful Island:-) hugs jan xxx Its a 7 fro me
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 12/3/2014 2:38:00 PM
above where you type in your comments is a box that says rating - was 3 months before I realised lol - a 7 is the top rating you can give:-) Hugs Jan xxx
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Thomas Mansfield
Date: 12/3/2014 2:35:00 PM
Hi Jan... If you have been there then you will have seen and heard it.. I will go back again to listen to that lovely sound. Thank you very much for your comments. I am not around ling enough or often enough to understand what a 7 is but coming from you I can only imagine it is good.. so a double thank you :)