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This poem begins with the image found here Return to Me and ends with the image above.

Return to Me
By Miles A Moody

The dead of night, many she has endured,
Alone in their bed, a dreamless sleep;
Night shirt drenched in sweat of tears,
And a new bride’s searing red-rimmed eyes.

The fate of a seaman’s wife rejected,
Their warnings fall on unhearing ears.
It’s a fractured peace of dire necessity;
This life they’ve accepted, a moldering cross!

Her tortured love ends with him,
To drown in the tides of his departure;
Despising the rolling seas that nurse him;
She shares him, bargaining to see his return.

But she is the touch, the kiss of his first love,
The sea walks the earth in flesh in her.
Numinous waves whispered to him a promise,
This day she’ll come to understand.

A hasty mooring, lines go untended;
Gathering her into his arms retreating;
His affection will sail the freedom winds,
An unfettered love sings in his embrace.

A heart so full of the open sea,
Where seaman, and deck and writhing waters,
Move as one, breathe as one,
She and he cry out as one!

The waters move in her as well,
Answering the wind, the tides, the rain.
Memories flood a woman’s heart -
A child’s soul birthed upon the beach.

Sandcastle architect, starfish collector,
She loved as truly as she breathed,
And swan in the arms of her first mother,
The ocean daughter at last returned.

Falling quietly into fathomless depths,
The burden sinks out of sight;
His arms, her arms now stretch the vast expanse;
Her heart is with him soaring upon the face of the sea.

©2012 Miles A Moody. All Rights Reserved. This written and photographic work may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of copyright holder.

Nikon D90. 48 mm (Nikkor 2.8D 35-70), F/22, CP filter,Gitzo tripod, Bogen head, An HDR2 image processed in photoshop CS5 from three shots taken at +2,0 and -2 EV. Holden Beach Island, Intercoastal waterway, North Carolina, USA

“LIfe is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away (source unknown).” It is my heartfelt desire to share some of my breath-taking moments, hoping that you also may receive something of enduring benefit.

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Very well done Miles.

  • Thanks, Warren :-))

    – Miles Moody

  • Matt  Carlyon
    Matt Carlyonover 2 years ago

    Ripper work Miles! Great HDR work, congrats mate!

  • Thank you, my friend. Appreciate you stopping by as always :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    This is so lovely Miles

  • Thank you, Donna :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Great scene

  • hey, thanks heaps, K!

    – Miles Moody

  • Jay Gross
    Jay Grossabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your image is included in the 14th November, 2012, Features Gallery in the Beautiful Carolinas group.*

    -Jay (host)

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntabout 2 years ago


  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations, your fine work has been featured in The Dreaming Sea and Waters!
    Please click on Banner to go to the permanent Feature Page to see your image and congratulate your fellow members!!

  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 2 years ago

    Please join me in congratulating our “Star of the Week, John Schneider”: Congratulations, John!

    Congratulations on your feature – your work is superb. FAVE

    “View your Feature here and congratulate your co-creators”:
  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work
    Congrats on your Nautical Feature!

  • Ellen  Price - Greenwald
    Ellen Price -...over 1 year ago

    Beautiful :-)

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