My Love is Like the Ocean

My Love is Like the Ocean long poem

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Tumbling over
One after another
The waves crash left and right
Crossing each other
Coming together, cancelling out
Rippling white ridges of white violent foam
And yet
This is not where the real power lies

The outward grey-green breakers fall
To sand tinged white
It’s only an illusion, their rhythm
The beauty of action and movement
The superficial, the salty icing on the cake

The real power, the energy
The pull that can take you out
That can pull your legs away
That draws the floor from beneath you
That is beneath

It is the wave before it breaks
The horses of the Atlantic are slow ponies
The tidal current is deep, unseen
It is the under-toe that so amused
The Child Durrell

All dangers of the sea are below
Just ten feet and the pressure increases
Human ears defend the mind
Further down and even the oxygen
In our blood begins to shift and change
Mortal danger lurks under our kicking feet
Treading not so much water as life

On the surface, buoyancy struggles to be maintained
Smooth arms and legs co-ordinate for our part
We progress through the water
We leap and play in the waves
Screeching and screaming, mastering the Tide
But always in
Footfall and sight of land

And so, the Ocean is a wonder, a thing of beauty
It demonstrates its outward power in tidal flow
It gives us the vision of the stampeding aquine
But it does this merely to warn
To let us know we play only by its rules
Its kind benevolence, recipients of its generosity
Enjoy at your peril for like love
It will consume you

This poem is part of the Poetry Book Keep On Keepin’ On

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Trevor Maynard (1963) was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. He is the editor of The Poetic Bond series including THE POETIC BOND, THE POETIC BOND II, THE POETIC BOND III and THE POETIC BOND IV. Trevor's new poetry collection KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON is now available. He read Theatre Studies and Dramatic Art at Royal Holloway College and has worked for ten years in the theater, writing, directing and producing. Trevor is married to Jo and has four kids, six grandchildren, as well as a cat. Other works include FOUR TRUTHS (2010), a collection of four one act plays, and two single plays, GLASS and FROM PILLOW TO POST.
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Good piece to read. True sea and love both consume us.


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