The Ocean

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It (the ocean)  is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometime I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel. – from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Jacksonville Beach from the Pier

The following is a poem I wrote this past April. I’ll always remember the wonder of the starfish in the ocean and my kids’ enjoyment of the experience.

 

Starfish

It’s funny how the unexpected

can form an instant community

Like that July morning

at Siesta Key

when a delegation of starfish

drew us all together

as we dipped our toes

in the warm gulf waters

Beachgoers laughing and squealing

pointing and talking to each other

splashing and swimming

among the starfish that day

We formed a temporary friendship

over the joy of the ocean’s offerings

years later across the land

“Remember when” will be heard

and tales of the starfish

will be told

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