The Force of Change,

Squall, 1986, by Andrew Wyeth



"The wind shows us how close to the edge we are." ~Joan Didion


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We are a mere tug boat
 in an ocean of waves.
and like a stern father
winds force pushes us on our way.
We venture onward
far from the touch of land.
Seeking freedom's paddle
within our hands.
We do not settle
nor take down roots.
Nature has a way
of making us move.
For one cannot remain still
in the midst of sea's storm,
as the waters ever changing
 provide their own scorn.
We must ride each wave
brave like a sailor true.
You see that's just what
all good sailors do.



 



Comments

  1. Nature has a way
    of making us move.
    For one cannot remain still
    in the midst of sea's storm...smiles...true...and we ride the waves surely...and often as we do we remember the faith we often forget when it is calm...

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  2. I'm a new follower - enjoying your poems! Thanks for sharing.

    Anne

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  3. This poem spoke to me tonight. thank-you for the encouragement and the reminder.' We must ride each wave
    brave like a sailor true.' Yes!

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  4. True ... that's what all good sailors do :-)

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  5. Nature has a way
    of making us move.

    I just rode a high wave and landed safely - for now. Thank you Carrie, in more ways than you know.

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  6. Dovetails nicely into our recent windstorm Sandy.

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  7. so purposefully written. Very nice, indeed.

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  8. I love the feeling from this poem. I especially liked these lines:

    For one cannot remain still
    in the midst of sea's storm,

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. So well expressed. Riding each wave is definitely what we each have to do.

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  10. I love this poem! YOUR words haunt like an echo-so much truth in this poem~ I really enjoyed it~ I agree we must be brave :D Well Done~

    Happy Thanksgiving to you n' yours
    @>------------

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  11. And a grand sailor you must be, to bring back words such as this from the deep. ! Artemis

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  12. Riding the waves is the way to go...

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  13. I've learned not to read you, my love, until I've written out my own response. You're so clever (and wise, and lovely). Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. "Freedom's paddle within our hands"...so vivid, gives me courage!

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  15. So inspiring and clear. Thank you for sharing this Carrie. BTW: I love your header picture. It's so golden and promising. =D

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  16. I love the last two lines. You must ride each wave like a sailor true. You see that's just what all good sailors do. I work as a lobster fisher, so this strikes a chord with me. Thanks!

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  17. So, so true. Nature really does have the power to take over!

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  18. your poem is such a good and wise life lesson, thank you.

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  19. I really like this...very true indeed.

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  20. nice post and blog thanks for sharing found you thrue other bloggers..blessings

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  21. You do know i steal from you, don't you?
    I've followed you for a long while quietly. I pick up the precious gems you drop and put them in my pocket. Rub them together as i walk.
    Just thought i should say thank you.
    ~rick

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