Wave sounds


To see the waves coming and going
is like hearing someone breathing.
She inhales and pulls her might out into the depths,
then exhales and sends it all back to shore.
Along the way the water scours the earth,
pulling whatever is loose and free,
tugging with her strength.

In that fluid, reflective surface are the colors of the sky,
the thick chocolate of the mud,
and the foaming bubbles.
Left in the wake is the dark,
moist sand
and billions of small shells.

I stand there on the edge as my feet
crunch against all those bits and pieces
from days,
and years.
My breath
soon tries to match
the rhythm of the waves.

Hearing my breathing
is like
seeing the waves
come and go.


12 Replies to “Wave sounds”

  1. Pure loveliness. I feel the same when I'm near water. I even have a video of waves from the beach in Italy that I watch frequently.

  2. An evocative word poem to accompany your lovely image – both enhancing the other. I love the curves of the wave and shoreline; the blue and brown color palette; the contrast between the textured sand and the smoothness of the water.

  3. Deborah, I just love this image, and your poem to go with it. Breath-taking…which seems appropriate! 🙂
    Love from Mexico, Juli.

  4. ps. Deb, I'm having trouble commenting from my Iphone. I can only comment from my laptop..just fyi. Apologies for not being around to much these days. j.

  5. I have not used my clock radio since I retired, but I think I need to get it out so I can listen to the breathing of my ocean waves CD as I drift off to sleep. This is a beautiful poem and image to go with it.

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