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Remember the Waves

Take my hand

By John CoxPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
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Do you remember when we did not fear?

Limbs flailing in the wild sea's waves and sand,

Boldly daring the depths coating Earth's sphere.

We gloried beneath its pounding severe,

Our laughter piercing its roar, like command,

As bells ring above a storm, brave and clear.

Do you remember when we did not fear?

Dismissing such threats with curt wave of hand,

And proud swagger lest exploits disappear.

But with time the sea stripped our rash veneer.

Forsaking, led us to this shadowland,

Without loss causing wisdom to appear.

We forsook glory for safety severe,

And from watery pleasures did disband,

Strolling at water's edge but not too near.

Do you remember when we did not fear?

When youth's promise seemed like a wonderland.

Take my hand love and fair dreams reappear,

To splash in the waves as fear disappears.

Villanelle
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About the Creator

John Cox

Family man, grandfather, retired soldier and story teller with an edge.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    I wish I can be carefree like that. It would be so blissful. Loved your wonderful poem!

  • Kelsey Clarey2 months ago

    This is a lovely and nostalgic piece! Definitely took me back to many summers at the beach with my cousins.

  • Gabriel Huizenga3 months ago

    This is absolutely masterful! A genuinely enjoyable and thought-provoking read!

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    I love this, John. So wistful. But that can be regained, perhaps not with such gusto but you can dip your toe in?

  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    Oh this is lovely! I wrote a 6-part series on Vocal about a girl who meets a Kelpie, and the last line went, "When we go running along the sand, dancing with the little waves and laughing, we know that we are going to live forever." You've expressed that so beautifully here 😁

  • Rowan Finley 4 months ago

    This is amazing - is there someone in particular that inspired it in your life?

  • Grrr… my comment disappeared! Really like this poem, especially the opening… love the beach etc. Great artwork too!

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    Love this, that joy we took in our vitality, and how it got battered and bashed to caution.

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