~the ocean + me~

I honestly think that I have saltwater for blood, the rhythm of the tides for a heartbeat and the dance of the waves in my soul. There is never a moment when I am not wishing I was at sea.

I have an obsession – with the ocean.

I want to share this piece that I wrote as part of my application to a spoken word programme in London. I haven’t heard if I got in yet, but I’ll be sure to let you all know. Anyway, I believe it captures exactly how I feel about the ocean.

Ode To The OceanΒ 

You fill my empty solitude with salt and spray and sea,
The never-ending water and footprints on the beach,
Your rise and fall and ups and downs,
You’ve showed me all my dreams,
And thanks to you, I know exactly who I want to be.

The sense of freedom and of flying,
The immortal fantasy of never, ever dying,
Just gliding through the waves forever and eternity,
Ecstatically content and exactly where I want to be.

The mystery of your rugged beauty chained to age-old rhythm,
An ever-changing surface with no predictable pattern,
And far below that, in your depths, are things we’ll never see,
Wild waters that are both forever trapped and forever free.

You sure know how to transform yourself into a masterpiece,
Stunning sunsets, vivid colours melting into your blues and greens,
Epic storms that summon the winds from all edges of the seas,
Black skies, lightning strikes, moonlit clouds sitting on the breeze.

Your waves they tumble and they crash,
Then they rise again from the ash
Like life’s one, constant motion,
Like a phoenix from the flames – the motion can’t be broken.

The wind in my sails and the waves beneath me come from you,
This feeling inside me tells me what I need to do,
And it tells me just where I need to be.
With you, where I belong, out at sea.

Here’s an audio of me performing it –Β https://youtu.be/hwBGzQWqt3s

We’re moving into our new truck very soon (super excited about that) and I’ve been decorating my bed. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to having my own room and I’m putting a lot of effort into making it look aesthetic. It’s really just a reflection of me and who I am, but my main theme is the ocean. I’ve printed out tons of photos, quotes, lyrics and poetry about sailing, waves, tides, beaches and the sea – as well as making my own ocean neon sign! I haven’t got a photo of it finished, but here’s one of it half done.

It now has a big swirly wave underneath 🌊

Another thing about the ocean is all the memories it holds for me. The best days of my life have been spent in its company. It’s given me a purpose. I’ve met some of my best friends thanks to it. Ocean = sailing = 😍😍😍


That was a kinda random post about the ocean + me. Hope you enjoyed!

 

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43 thoughts on “~the ocean + me~

  1. I love your spoken word piece ❀ (I wasn’t sure if I should say poem as it feels like a lot more than that and I can imagine it being said out loud!). It put an image in my mind and I forgot I was reading, I was just watching 🌊 (god I sound creepy πŸ˜‚). Best of luck with hearing back from the spoken word program and that neon sign looks so cool 😍xx

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  2. Lovely poetry as always. Very evocative. I hope it gets you into your spoken word event. Your neon sign looks awesome. It must be exciting decorating the van it signals the start of lots of new adventures. Lots of love to everyone xxx

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  3. Gracie, this was beautiful. You are a really talented poet! My favorite time to go to the beach/ocean is at sunset. I’d love to see the rest of your bed, perhaps you could add that to a future post.
    -Rose

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  4. Hi Gracie you never cease to amaze me.,The poem is beautiful.Your experiences in the water have certainly made a lasting huge impression on your life.I am sure you will be successful in your application it’s so beautifully written.I wait to see all your decorations when you move.Well done you are amazing xxxxx

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  5. 🌊❀️ I’m with you! … The ocean unlocks an inspired freedom of infinite space, unquantifiable, and absorbing all the senses. I am free from the constraints of land, alive and dancing on intoxication in the present moment, with sensation and energy enveloping me as I fall further into complete lust for the ocean.

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