What I learnt from years of sitting by the sea

that humans are nothing
like the calm blanket of waves
– on a perfect summer day,
washing ashore –
with the quiet confidence
that only something as incessant
as water can have.

that the whirlpools we are
– hollering at the eye
shackled by waves, angry
a juggernaut’s embryo
taking everything with it –
leave behind the ghost of chaos
and the taste of loss.

that the cadence of peace
isn’t rhythmic fluctuations
of sitting by the sea
with an eternity to go
an eternity left behind
but is the spell between
the madness and the throne
it gives up from time to time.

~

‘What I learnt from years of sitting by the sea.’

Why do we love going to the beach, sitting in the sand for hours, listening to the crashing waves? What is it about the brackish waters that make us forget everything and realise the meaning of ‘living in the moment’? Do people who say they can spend their entire lives on the beach really mean it? I don’t think so. We feel the calmness of the water because it’s a break from the chaos in our lives. We feel the calmness because it’s a break from the chaos in our minds. We feel the calmness because we are like hurricanes, like whirlpools, and the waters provide a serene complement to ourselves, despite ourselves.

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