“Recede”

we stand on the shore
of a stone-strewn coast
a breath caught between inhale
and exhale
released only
when the next wave lunges
crashing upon the jagged strand
it recedes
another close behind
roars in defiance as it too
leaps against the time-worn stones
each moment
spilling into
those that follow behind
whispering the heartbeat of the sea
drawing us
deeper, enticing
us to step closer until
our breaths, our heartbeats
become one with the ocean, until
we too recede

Written as a response to New World Creative Union’s Wednesday Wake-up Call. This week we have been inspired to write about waking to the sound of waves, and so I returned to Spain, to a place called Peniscola (yes, really) where we spent a glorious morning. The picture is my own.

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9 thoughts on ““Recede”

  1. “whispering the heartbeat of the sea
    drawing us
    deeper, enticing
    us to step closer until
    our breaths, our heartbeats
    become one with the ocean, until
    we too recede”

    Swept away by your words! How beautiful the teal green ocean and rocky coastline image from Spain. Your poetry, a joy to read and perfect accompaniment to the image.

  2. Thank you! What a wonderful journey. Your words lead us over the stones, straight to the water’s edge. A beautiful way to wake up! each moment/spilling into/ those that followed behind…this really spoke to me…Would love to visit Spain…sigh

  3. Ooh, I really like this. These are my favorites:

    “a breath caught between inhale
    and exhale”

    “whispering the heartbeat of the sea drawing us deeper, enticing”

    “our heartbeats become one with the ocean, until we too recede”

  4. some really fun rhythm in this…stone strewn shore….love the becoming one with the ocean…that is exactly what i do when i go….this just felt good to read you know…smiles…

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