The Continuum

This is not my poem, rather it’s a poem written for me by my “soul buddy” Cody who was killed in a car accident in 2001. He was a keen surfer. He said it was the most intense thing he’d ever written. He’d recently experienced a pretty tough time in his young life, and needed to express his gratitude for my being there as his mentor and “sounding board” to help him through. He was in class in his final year of high school when the inspiration to write “The Continuum” overwhelmed him, and the words flowed through his pen as he imagined riding his board in the surf:

Shiny skin,
Muscles taut -
A foot movement,
Direction change,
Hit the lip and turn,
Bottoms up,
Floater comin’
Glide and Zip
Matted hair dripping,
A hand clears the vision,
A golden vortex appears,
Fly in fly in…
The voices call.

A careful balance,
Sturdy feet,
Cover up
The hush
The whisper of the gods
The solace
The friendship
The roar and rumble
The rush of air
The take off and spit out.
My arms raised in triumph.

I have not conquered the wave,
She has allowed me to experience her thrill
Once more.

My blood racin’
My stick stylin’
A wavin’ hand
A smile
From a friend.
In the surf?

A friend in the spirit,
Across the wide wide sea.
I see him and he sees me.
The old man of the sea?

A friend in the spirit,
But – he does see
Right inside of me.

The wave peels,
The concentration falters,
The sand below,
Over the falls.
I hear my friend,
It wont be the last -
The pain and the hurt,
But learn you will.

My eyes cast out -
I see him,
My invisible friend
Across the sea.
I reach out.
The golden wave tumbles,
I turn

This is where you left off-
I hear the voice say -
Don’t start over..
Start from here.

My arms move
The stick starts flyin’
A push,
My feet stand firm,
A vortex appears…
Yes – this is it -
The continuum of nature
the continuum of life.
Another challenge -
and yet another.

I look over my shoulder
at my invisible friend
He sits on the chair on his veranda,
He smiles -
I smile back, the Captain of my stick.
A voice calls out…
Write your name Captain -
Write your name upon the waves -
And find the solace you so crave.

Thanks my friend.
The surf is my haven and my inner thoughts but,
my solace comes from knowing you.

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A poem written for me by my best friend and soul buddy… a gift to treasure forever.


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I’m a hobby photographer. In fact, I’m not sure Red Bubble should refer to me as an “artist”. But I do like to take photos that are above average, and certainly appreciate learning from my fellow Bubbleonian’s efforts as well as their comments. I use a second hand Sony Cybershot F717 (recently replaced by a new Nikon D3100) and a Fuji Finepix S7000. Photography allows me to keep souvenirs of my experiences. Today’s deeds become tomorrow’s memories.

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! This work has been FEATURED in the Australia! You’re Standing In It Group
    Just beautiful Gary, truly memorable mate :O)

  • Thanks Vanessa… that means soooooooo much to me! Cody would have been thrilled.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonalmost 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful poem, Gary. You did the right thing allowing us to appreciate it. What a wonderful picture Cody paints for us… I was there :)

  • Thanks a stack, Mieke (as Cody would say).

    – Gary Kelly

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