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An Ode to the Gulf of Mexico #SOL22 Day 16

we flock to you
every March 
without fail
for a reset;
a rinse cycle for the soul

your rhythmic motion
in----out----in----out
strains out the winter blues
from the darkest corners of our being

your power is evident
as a storm rolls in
IN-CRASH-out-IN-CRASH-out
tumultuous, just as life can be

knowing that the next morning
your calming movement returns
a comforting reminder
of the days of ease ahead

when we bid farewell
your even pulse will remain in our spirit
we are satisfied
a renewal has occurred
we are primed for the forthcoming season
of green growth and emergence of new life 
  
This is my third year to participate in the Slice of Life Challenge. 31 days of writing about small moments in life. Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for hosting this challenge.

10 thoughts on “An Ode to the Gulf of Mexico #SOL22 Day 16

  1. What stunning poetry you’ve crafted here! Your line about “a rinse-cycle-for-the-soul” painted a beautiful picture of how cleansing the ocean can be. As a Texan, the Gulf of Mexico is NOT my favorite beach, but the way you wrote about it made it feel inviting and soulful. Thanks for sharing this piece with us.

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  2. I smiled all the way through this poem! I loved how I could feel the waves in the way that you wrote “IN-CRASH-out-IN-CRASH-out”. And this was just lovely too: “strains out the winter blues
    from the darkest corners of our being”.

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    1. Thank you for noticing, Joel. I heard “rinse cycle” recently to describe a vinyasa flow in between yoga sequences and I thought it also was fitting for the waves. And probably many other things too. I think it’s a phrase I will return to!

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  3. WOW. I was already jealous of your trip from a few slices ago and then you hit me with this one. I want to be there. Favorite line: your even pulse will remain in our spirit – absolutely divine description of the gulf’s effect on you.

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