The Ocean’s Embrace (A poem by me)

545513_10151068901303949_1177005509_nTo say that the past few years have been a bit of a struggle for our family would be an understatement. Between sicknesses, injuries, financial struggles and the rest of the normal stuff all families go through it has truly been a challenge. Fortunately there have been little graces from God sent our way that has helped give us the strength to help get through the tough times.

For me one of those gifts is surfing. Enjoying a good and even not so good session helps me cope, gives me piece of mind and helps me to stay centered and positive.

On the way to the beach this past week for a session in the wonderful surf we’ve had, I tried to make sense of the place surfing has in my life and the following poem came to me. I hope you like and can relate to it whether you are a surfer or not.

“The Ocean’s Embrace”

When my heart is heavy, and my soul is weary, I yearn for the Ocean’s embrace.

When my troubles seem insurmountable, and my future looks bleak, I seek the strength and comfort of the Ocean’s embrace.

As I plunge into it’s womb, and duck under my first wave, my worries are stripped clean, by the cleansing power of the Ocean’s embrace.

As I drop into my first wave, and race down the line, my soul is fortified, by the majesty of the Ocean’s embrace.

As I climb back on shore, after spending time in it’s arms, my heart seem lighter, from spending time in the Ocean’s embrace.

With renewed spirit, I face the world once again, ready for what lies ahead, realizing I owe it all to the one who created, the healing powers of the Ocean’s embrace.

Before signing off I’d like to send my thoughts and prayers out to family, friends and all th0se in the Carolina’s, Bahamas and elsewhere by who have been negatively affected by the recent storms and especially to the crew and family members of the freighter that has been lost at sea.

Thanks again for checking in and I will look forward to talking with you again next week.

Aloha and take care,


About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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