On the other side of the ocean

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I solemnly smile 
and try not to hide 
as courage washes upon shore
during the storm.

The constant thrashing of my heart
can be heard 
as wisdom pours from mouth 
of a seashell,
am I to draw close to the unsung
while dreaming of days 
when I was poised and confident?

Believe chance is a lover
that murmurs
I see the person you are today
and can’t wait 
to determine a vision for tomorrow.

 

Photo credits: Shell, Edward Weston 1927

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Comments

  1. I love the idea of courage washing upon shore and wisdom pouring from the mouth of a shell, Sanaa! I also like ‘chance is a lover / that murmurs’..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  2. I, too, love the idea of wisdom pouring from the mouth of a shell, and took somewhat the same direction in my poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  3. Kerry says:

    It takes a special kind of courage to face the storms of life.

    I see the person you are today…

    This is such a validation.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  4. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love how you included the voice of the seashell… I think we do see things in ourselves if we take the time to listen.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Bjorn ❤️

  5. Toni Spencer says:

    I like how you included the voice of the shell in your poem. I did the same in mine.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Toni 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤️

  6. Oh, I love what you did with this, the places the idea of listening to a shell took you. I particularly like

    am I to draw close to the unsung
    while dreaming of days
    when I was poised and confident?

    and also the whole last verse.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  7. Old Egg says:

    Humans are fools if they think they are the ones concerned about the Earth and it’s future. Many animals already know when to shift home as seasons change. If they do this they much more too even shellfish! Loved it Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  8. Jae Rose says:

    Such an accomplished write – I loved every word

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jae 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤️

  9. Mary says:

    When there was confidence once, it will surely return again….and keeping a positive vision of tomorrow helps make it come to pass!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Mary ❤️

  10. Rommy says:

    Life spirals outward like that seashell, and moments of confidence might be found again in the next turn of the spiral.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Rommy ❤️

  11. HA says:

    “chance is a lover/that murmurs” is such a beautiful phrase. a lovely, uplifting write with the courage washing up on the shore and the wisdom gained through such an encounter. That last stanza is both melancholic and hopeful in its tone.
    Some lovely penmanship, Sanaa. 🙂 <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anmol 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  12. Marian says:

    This reads like a pledge to staying the course. Or “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Marian 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  13. you open with a paradox and remain enigmatic – like the sounds we hear in shells. A great camera flash offering

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Laura 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  14. Vivian Zems says:

    Believe chance is a lover
    that murmurs…… beautiful words❤️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  15. Wendy Bourke says:

    Some wonderful lines in this lovely piece. My favorite: ‘as courage washes upon shore
    during the storm’ … one could lose oneself in the exquisite nuances of those words.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  16. Sara McNulty says:

    ‘wisdom pours from mouth
    of a seashell,
    am I to draw close to the unsung
    while dreaming of days
    when I was poised and confident?’

    A gorgeous vision, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  17. dsnake1 says:

    lovely response to the prompt. liked the personification of the seashell. perhaps they do have courage and wisdom and fear as we do. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lee San 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  18. Rall says:

    I hope your poise and confidence returns. We are all demolished at some stage of our lives. Find strength stand tall and fight back.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rall ❤️

  19. Pat: willow88switches says:

    am I to draw close to the unsung

    what an absolutely wonderful line Sanaa 🙂 it really stands out for me, and adds a depth and richness to all the other exciting images you’ve drawn in your poem – a complete breath of fresh air this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Pat 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  20. “draw close to the unsung/while dreaming of days” is a lovely construction —

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Shannon 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  21. Jim says:

    Fun poem, Sanaa. For shell life being washed onto the shore is often the end of the journey. Not this one, “chance is a lover” and the meeting brings hope.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  22. Sameera Chaudhary says:

    I love the idea of wisdom pouring from the mouth of a shell 😊 so beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sameera 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  23. That was refreshing. Courage washed ashore.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  24. Priya Bhaskar says:

    “Believe chance is a lover that murmurs”… such a gorgeous phrase! 😊

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Priya 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  25. Cara O' Donoghue says:

    Love the personification of the seashell in this 😊 beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Cara 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

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