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Auguste
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By the sea


0 posted 03-11-2001 08:52 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Harbor
When I return to the
coast,
there
my healing
will begin.

I'll sit in the
damp sand
and let the hot summer
sun
bleach highlights into my
hair and beard,
brown
and turn my
skin
to leather.

The warm, salt waters of the
Atlantic
will draw the
pain
from my being,
soothe
my frail body.

I'll bring bread to feed the
seagulls
and watch as they fight
over each small
piece.

I'll delight, as
children
laugh and play in the tidal pools,
splashing one another and
enjoying
their precious
youth.

I will paint pictures
of lovely
women,

the seashore,

sailboats,

as they do battle with
the strong currents,
heading inland to the
salt marshes
and a
safe harbor.

Somehow, I know
that I will also find a
safe harbor.

A place where I
can rest,
share
what it is
that still thrives in me,
where
I am
welcome.

A place where
I might
heal.

I know that this
now
fragile body
never will,

but the
gentle spirit
that limps within it

must.

Some evening,
as I sit and look upon
the moon and stars
reflecting
in these dark waters,
perhaps
I'll even find a
cure
for this
devastating loneliness.

Perhaps.


Proust-
"Love is space and time measured by the heart"
© Copyright 2001 Michael Auguste - All Rights Reserved
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...and I will shine on your beaches....and hear your inner song....
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This is excellent. The ocean, for me, has also been my place of healing. I ache for it at times. Your ability to describe that healing is outstanding. I compliment you.
Martie
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Michael--The ocean and the sun, the painting and the watching...all a part of healing...but the biggest part is the way you look at what you see. This poem is full of that.
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My Dear Michael,

A positive attitude is an amazing thing. If it doesn't heal you physically it will heal emotionally. Enjoyed the feeling behind this.

Dee


I wish you every happiness and may you always have the best of the good things in life. a brand
ethome
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Beautiful scenes leading up to the end...what a great way to approach being lonely by reflecting on the beauty of the ocean and all the activities that surround the picture.... excellent write.....love the yearning aspect...take care ethome

The poet is like a cocoon; in him the caterpillar of the past finds rest, and from him the butterfly of the future emerges.
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Take care not to burn. I empathise with the power your lonliness creates http://members.nbci.com/_XMCM/cap321/Poems/pirate2.gif
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Take care not to burn. I empathise with the power your loneliness creates http://members.nbci.com/_XMCM/cap321/Poems/pirate2.gif
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Take care not to burn. I empathise with the power your loneliness creates
Auguste
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Sunshine, dreamkeeper, Martie, Dee, ethome and thecraig,

I thank each of you for your kind words. Yes, healing is possible, but it does take a positive attitude in order for it to happen. The ocean to me has always been a place of healing, even as a child. Lately my spirit has been limping along. Hopefully soon, I will find it much stronger. Thank you all.

Michael


Proust-
"Love is space and time measured by the heart"
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