Boundaries


Photo Credit: Julie Gillies

Photo Credit: Julie Gillies

Ocean waves collide
with gnarly rocks,
finger their way into open crevices,
seek to extend beyond limits until,
exhausted, they
withdraw back into the darkness
of sea-womb.

Morning sun rises,
brings day to earth.
Our planet,
fixed in orbit,
spins egocentric illusions
bound by pre-ordained parameters.

We toil to
sculpt our presence
in a few short moments
(billennia of eternal whisperings).
Eluding notice,
we die with a whimper,
except that we’ve known love.

Linked to dVerse Poets where Karin Gustafson invites us for a swim, or a shower, or a drink…or just to douse ourselves in poetry about water! We hope you’ll join us!

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32 thoughts on “Boundaries

  1. we die with a whimper,
    except that we’ve known love ….
    These lines are perfection. Yes, we have known love.
    Lovely ….
    Isadora

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  2. Mary – how rude of me – I hit like but then I was distracted last night and forgot to comment. I pictured extended arms reaching through the rocks and in agreement with that last stanza – beautifully penned.

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  3. Akila says:

    A very thoughtful piece!

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  4. othermary says:

    Oh, what lovely closing lines!

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  5. What a beautiful poem with a very satisfying conclusion.

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  6. I fear water… there’s an ebb that draws me to dip my mind into the waves that are ebbing but not ones rushing inward. I read this differently from others =- to me, It was a spiritual baptismal washing with love.

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  7. that was a great end – dies with a whisper … love it

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  8. Ruth says:

    yes…except that we’ve known love – you bring it all together, make sense of the vagaries of life’s sea with this

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  9. vandana says:

    love is eternal 🙂

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  10. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Yes, that ‘except’ is the crux of it all.

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  11. yelena says:

    loved the imagery, Victoria, a truly uplifting poem!

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  12. kaykuala says:

    we die with a whimper,
    except that we’ve known love

    Yes, love is the savior! Otherwise nothing there to show of the strength of love! Nicely Victoria!

    Hank

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  13. janehewey says:

    every bit is water. the music and strength. wonderful.

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  14. A wonderfully easy to read “serious” poem– not heavy at all but with a nice grounded quality. Thanks for sharing ~Jason

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  15. Waltermarks says:

    We have only A few short years to sculpt and be sculpted. Nice verse, thanks.

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  16. Ray Sharp says:

    beautiful, and love it all, esp. the ending

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  17. howanxious says:

    powerful writing… interesting way of looking at things.

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  18. Laurie Kolp says:

    Love the ending… And I’m sorry I missed your great prompt Thurs. I had some unforeseen obstacles pop up. I do love list poems and will try to post one forOLN.

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  19. That first stanza stunned me – it is so beautiful. And the rest lives up to the start!

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  20. Grace says:

    I like the energy, the colliding, spinning & toiling ~ Opening stanza is specially beautiful Victoria ~

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  21. A Free Verse says:

    I love your first stanza. You make the water human. Lovely Victoria.

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  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    Yes! We have lived and we have loved. Amen! It was worth the trip.

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  23. annotating60 says:

    I thought it a very exciting piece. Well wrought and with a superb ending.>KB

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  24. ‘Except that we’ve known love’ the most beautiful words to now… Love ya!

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  25. Mary says:

    And, in the whole scheme of life, to know love (in the moments we have) is definitely no small thing!

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  26. Glenn Buttkus says:

    The last stanza, as Brian noted, is haunting, & sad beautiful, and even though each of our many lifetimes is brief in the total scheme of things, there are some of us who believe our poetic souls are eternal, rebirthing themselves, never being destroyed, just morphing, adapting, learning, and extending the depth of our understanding of love; thanks.

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  27. ManicDdaily says:

    Our poems are oddly different but similar – but the knowing of love all the difference for sure–lovely too. k

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  28. Oh, Victoria, I really like this one–the waves daring to trespass as far as they can…

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  29. claudia says:

    wow…esp. that first stanza really moved me victoria…the waves fingering their way beyond the boundaries– seeking to extend beyond limits and then withdrawing into the darkness again…i find this an amazing image – and such a great metaphor as well

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  30. brian miller says:

    smiles…love that last line…knowing love…that is a beautiful thing, even if we are on ly a blip on the surface of a vast ocean of time….ego centric illusions…smiles….love the motion of the ocean, feel it a bit in that first stanza

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