Ebb and flow


To the human eye
Stretching out
To eternity

A glimmer of light
Just beneath the whitecaps
Engulfing darkness
At its deepest depths

A tale of two worlds
Smooth and level on the surface
Craggy and jagged
Miles below

Pressure building
As one descends
The weight of the world
Resting on weary shoulders

Toes sinking
Into the grains of sand
On the threshold
Of this mysterious realm

Foamy tendrils
Outstretched, enveloping
Wrap themselves
Around my ankles

Luring me
With its captivating rhythm
First fear, then curiosity
Awakens me

The ebb and flow of salty waves
Cresting over my feet
Receding back from whence they came
Reminds me, I am alive

Encourages me
To feel
To love
To live


9 thoughts on “Ebb and flow

  1. Writing to Freedom May 14, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Wonderful poem and beautiful photo Dave. The ebb and flow, encouraging us to flow with life, to live, love, laugh and keep coming back for more! 🙂
    May we never stop kissing the shores of love.

    • davecenker May 14, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Brad – it’s a lot easier to fabricate words to match emotions when you have such a beautiful image to inspire you, courtesy of my beautiful (and extremely talented) wife 😉

      Thank you for taking time to read and comment – best wishes for an inspired day!

      • Writing to Freedom May 14, 2015 / 8:04 pm

        You’re welcome Dave. Kudos to your wife! 🙂 I’m glad she can inspire you!

  2. heraldmarty May 15, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Makes me want to run right off to the beach. 🙂 Seriously, wonderful analogy and image. Plus this is another one of those times when we seem to be on the same wave link. The #1 item on my task list for this weekend is take tomorrow morning off and head to the beach. I am in need of some quality digging my toes in the sand time and there’s nothing ‘funner’ than watching my dog play in the water. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • davecenker May 15, 2015 / 12:27 pm

      My pleasure Marty, I always appreciate your thoughts – and when I can inspire and motivate others to go with the flow of the ocean – it’s even all the better 😉 Thanks for taking the time to read and share, and best wishes for an inspired rendezvous with Mother Nature this weekend 🙂

  3. roughwighting May 15, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful poem. And it matches exactly how I feel. I’m most ‘me’ when I’m standing at that shoreline, watching the ebb and flow of water, of life, of love. And knowing that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.

    • davecenker May 15, 2015 / 3:59 pm

      Knowing that I have been able to find a way to somehow convey even a sliver of that magical feeling and intangible entity provided by the ocean adds even more to its allure. Thank you, Pamela, for taking the time to read, and for sharing your kind thoughts 😉

  4. balroop2013 May 16, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Poetry…my passion, my love, my life…Ocean…the oar of my life, waves carry me forward and yes! remind me…I am alive!

    I love this poem and the image that touches all the right cords, adds a special sensation to the blood gushing through my heart, that is probably the feeling of being alive.

    Thanks for sharing another aspect of your writing Dave. This is equally good. Please click on this link to comprehend my emotions:

    • davecenker May 18, 2015 / 11:47 am

      Thank you Balroop, for your kind words and insights, as well as for sharing your beautiful poem that accentuates the power, beauty, and mystique of the ocean. Best wishes for an inspired day 🙂

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