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You, Me, the Sea

crawling out from the sea ~d nelson
crawling out from the sea ~d nelson

From this glowing
long-cycle’s sweat.

To these lines from sadness’
dried saline tears

To this semen which
has produced nothing yet.

To drops of blood from
actions taken in anger or fear.

Even millions of years
after ancestors evolved from the sea.

Still the sea’s salty currents
flow all throughout me.

coastal artist ~d nelson
coastal artist ~d nelson

The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, trying to wake us up, reminding us to look deeply at our impact on the planet.
~Thich Nhat Hanh from “the world we have”

Originally posted March 2, 2013

93 Replies to “You, Me, the Sea”

  1. I love to visit your blog. It soothes me and uplifts me and reminds me that there are beautiful, ungreedy, ungrasping people out there in the midst of this often shallow and commercial world.

  2. I love the picture of the guy painting, the beautiful coast fog and the pacific sunset πŸ™‚
    they’re all great though!

  3. As you express so well in your closing lines–“Still the sea’s salty currents / flow all throughout me”–the power of the sea on the human body and soul is undeniable. We humans not only emerged from the oceans, but our bodies also contain a large amount of water: up to 60% of the human adult body.

  4. Just looking at pictures of water makes me calm. Lovely poem and nice footprints as well. I’m wondering if that bird is a grebe…(the one with the red eyes).

    1. makes me happy knowing
      of your calmness, arlingwoman!
      nice catch, as it is certainly
      a grebe and not a loon!
      i’m more likely to encounter
      a loon, these days.
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for reminding me how awesome and timeless the sea is. Sometimes I take her for granted living 20 minutes away and getting busy. I need to take time to go to her.

    1. thank you for your kind message, JoAnna!
      how nice to enjoy some breaths as a little time
      and space lead to the seashore!
      wishing you a happy visit to this
      familiar place πŸ™‚

  6. Charlee: “We’ve never seen the sea.”
    Chaplin: “But if the sea is in us, maybe we don’t need to?”
    Lulu: “Actually I just got back from visiting the harbor for the first time and let me tell you, the sea is something else. It smells so interesting I could have spent the whole day down there.”
    Chaplin: “Hmph. Pictures or it didn’t happen.”

    1. thank you for your kind gesture, Kamran!
      while this blog does not do awards
      we wish all recipients to feel like winners!
      wishing you a happy moment, david πŸ™‚

  7. David, your post is part of the bell of mindfullness, bringing the beauty of the ocean to the fore, its tranquiltiy and the haven it offers visible to all, the potential destruction quiet, beneath the surface. Stunning visual post and thoughtful accomplaying poem.

  8. Nothing quite beats the ocean waves, and the feeling of the spray on the wind.. Wet sand squelching between toes.. πŸ˜€ But sitting and listening, observing Nature, Be it the Ocean or Sky,Being Mindful, of our own footprints…
    Love the Thich Nhat Hanh Quote, from β€œThe world we have”
    May we all of us take care of the Worth We have and each other..

    Much love and gratitude David πŸ’œ

    1. being near to the ocean with you, Sue
      makes me quite happy!
      i remember surfing as a kid
      and having the experience
      of being the wave and the water.
      Thich Nhat Hanh has helped me
      see the connection more clearly.
      Thank you for helping us understand
      the energies flowing thru & connecting all πŸ™‚

      1. Oh to Surf!…. that must be a great feeling of oneness with the waves..
        We each are helping the flow dear David, May we continue to find that connection in all things and each other.. πŸ˜€
        Be well..

      2. thank you, Sue! it really got me in touch with the play of being with nature. i did give it up after getting severely wacked in the head with the board. it’s still enjoyable to be in water’s flow. may your day be with beauty πŸ™‚

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