facing the ocean

I stand on the edge
They rise and crash and swell in front of me
I can feel the power they exert, but I am as yet untouched
I take a deep breath
I wet my toes
Sometimes I wait, sometimes I plunge right in
Sometimes they are calm and placid and it’s easy to move forward,
Other times it’s blowing this way and that, with a silent rip beneath the surface.

Eager faces, blank faces, black faces, white faces, faces with pent up emotion, faces with no emotion, happy faces, excited faces, moving faces, still faces.. a sea of faces

I push forward
I am determined to reach the other side of the break line before my time is over
I have so much to share
but sometimes sharing isn’t that much fun…
When it’s rough.
I enter and feel the waves crash against my face and break against my body
I know if I can get out beyond the break line I’ll enjoy it
Out there I can relax… it’s forever moving, but it’s calm
I do this every day, this battle against the waves.
Sometimes it’s so easy to get out there, and I look forward to it
Once I’m there it’s comfortable, even fun
But other days facing the waves is the biggest challenge there is
Pushing, fighting, ducking and weaving
And sometimes, I have to come in before I even get out there,
but that’s ok, because there’s always next time
And you have to fight the waves if you want to swim anywhere!

facing the ocean


Joined December 2007

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facing a sea of children every day has its moments!

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