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The Calm of the Sea

Like us - not always what it seems

By Dana CrandellPublished 23 days ago Updated 23 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023
The Calm of the Sea
Photo by Silas Baisch on Unsplash

Hypnotically rhythmic,

Pushing steadily shoreward,

Swells timed perfectly.



Placidly gliding ahead,

Keeping the pace,

Minding the distance.

Peaks curling gently

Until gravity wins,

Then folding in a graceful arc

To be absorbed once again.



Just beneath the glassy surface - turmoil.

A world of chaos, unseen.



Churning its captives into fodder for the beasts.

Mind the troughs,

Lest they draw you to the dark, quiet depths, below.

Beware the peaks

Lest you be cast blindly away, to fall,

Who knows where.

Ride if you dare.

Glide with the persistent, pulsing thrust

To be welcomed by the sandy shores -

Or shattered on the rocks.


A metaphor? Perhaps.

An entry for Vocal's "Smooth" Challenge.

As always, if you enjoyed the read, please click on the little heart and comments are always greatly appreciated.

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About the Creator

Dana Crandell

Dad, Stedpad, Grandpa, Husband, lover of Nature and dogs.

Poet, Writer, Editor, Photographer, Artist and Tech/Internet nerd. Content writer by trade. Vocal Creator by choice.

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  • The Invisible Writer8 days ago

    Lest they draw you to the dark quiet depths below~ that was crazy good! Well done Dana!

  • DEUXQANE15 days ago

    I've come to appreciate nature so much since last year; however, after some time lots of introspection, I've realized that the part of nature I appreciate the most is the ocean, and so I've been seeking and soaking (haha, water adjectives) up as much aquatic content as I can. Thank you for making this, and I wish you the best of luck in the Smooth challenge!

  • Lamar Wiggins17 days ago

    Awesome imagery. I love poems about nature with a deeper meaning. Congrats, Dana!

  • Kristen Balyeat20 days ago

    Wow, so gorgeous and rhythmic— a beautiful poem about the water, but also felt those life parallels to my core. Gorgeous work, Dana! Your poetry…🤯

  • Paul Stewart20 days ago

    I am sorry to be late to the party on this one pal after Top Storydom and placing on the leaderboard, this is stunning though. Recently, your poems have been on an even higher level than usual! It's humbling and also so great to see and read! Well done and an awesome entry!

  • Phil Flannery20 days ago

    Very smooth Dana.

  • Grz Colm20 days ago

    Congrats on this awesome top story Dana! ☺️👏

  • Donna Fox (HKB)20 days ago

    This is such a great metaphor!! I know you weren't totally sold that it is one but from my perspective it felt like one! This was relatable to me on how I feel about people or even how people might view me. Peaceful on the surface but there's a whole back of shit happening below the surface. Or even the reverse too when I look busy but no one's home upstairs! This was so beautifully written and was cause for some self reflection for me! Great work Dana and congrats on Top Story! Also good luck on the challenge!

  • Novel Allen21 days ago

    AHhhh! The sea. Nothing is calmer. Meditative and calming, your words bring peace.

  • Naveed21 days ago

    Congratulations on achieving top story status!

  • Heather Hubler21 days ago

    Those last two lines...so good!!! This was an imagery feast :) Fantastic work, Dana :) Congrats on Top Story!

  • Margaret Brennan21 days ago

    congratulations on TS. This was really wonderful. I never thought of waves like that but I will from now on. Beautiful insight. I love it.

  • JBaz21 days ago

    Congratulations Excellent choice for vocal to pick this

  • Judey Kalchik 21 days ago

    I can see that your great sense of rhythm manifests in many ways. Congratulations on top story!

  • Gerald Holmes21 days ago

    Loved this, Deliciously Naughty! Congrats on Top Story

  • Cathy holmes21 days ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • Naveed22 days ago

    Adore it! Fantastic work! Dana, this is absolutely lovely ❤️😁.

  • Caroline Jane23 days ago

    I was literally compelled to open this. Because a. You wrote it and b. I am obsessed with the sea. Hypnotically rhythmic 💯

  • Babs Iverson23 days ago

    Brilliantly written!!! Loved you nature poem!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Grz Colm23 days ago

    Excellent interpretation of the challenge… I love waves. I can’t surf but like boogie boarding (not sure if you use this term where you live..) so I really liked all the feelings associated with that which your poems skillfully captures. 🌊 ☺️

  • Two words came to mind once I was done reading this and they are, "Hauntingly beautiful"! This was such a magnificent poem!

  • Meagan Dion23 days ago

    Love it! Great job!

  • JBaz23 days ago

    Well done and a great entry for the challenge

  • Real Poetic23 days ago

    Great entry! 💕

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