I Breathe in the Ocean, Published at MasticadoresIndia

I am so pleased to announce that my poem, I Breathe in the Ocean, is now available at MasticadoresIndia. Another big thank you to Terveen Gill, and the team at MasticadoresIndia for their support, and for publishing this piece.

I Breathe in the Ocean
is it
so difficult
to grasp
the meaning
of a life
lived upon the…

I would be honored if you would go here and read the rest of my poem. Thank you!


Photo by Dylan Sauerwein on Unsplash

#poetry, #contemplation, #introspection, #life, #love, #meaning, #nature, #ocean, #poems, #presence

Haiku #16

Photo by Benjamin Voros on Unsplash

wind blows with gale force,
waves crash into the sand, I
submit in awe, love.

Photo by Elson Castro on Unsplash

#poetry, #haiku, #love, #nature, #ocean, #poem, #sea, #waves, #wind

Beauty

I look out over the sea,
as the wind blows
so steadily
,

salt mist
surrounds my being
and I lift a finger

in awe of the rapt beauty.

#poetry, #coast, #life, #love, #nature, #ocean, #oregon, #poem, #poems, #sea, #yachats

Haiku #13

fast flowing river,
salmon swim upstream as one,
time of struggle, home.

Photo by Tobias Negele on Unsplash

Photo Credit

#poetry, #haiku, #home, #life, #love, #nature, #ocean, #poem, #river, #salmon, #stream

The Present Moment

I breathe in the
Salted air, without
Any care.

Those have been left
Behind, in the meantime,
The focus is on what’s
Here and now.

The gravelly trail,
Soft button, open,
And in some places
Quite frail.

The rocky shore
Splashed and assaulted
Continuously by the oceans
Core.

The gulls flying overhead,
Left their bed,
For their home in the
Air instead.

The people coming and
Going, taking in the
Sights, while the
Mist keeps blowing.

The present moment,
Clear and dear, and,
Yes, we are already
here.

#poetry, #coast, #hereandnow, #nature, #ocean, #poem, #poems, #presence, #seagull, #yachats

Tanka #5

Photo by Iswanto Arif on Unsplash

Waves crash on the beach,
Salty mist blows from the west.
Night turns into day.
I feel the sisters approach,
Salt on my tongue, wind in hair.

#poetry, #beach, #life, #love, #ocean, #poem, #poems, #tanka, #wind, #writing

A Blogger’s Diary 2/14/21: 2 Writing Reflections and A Weekend in Yachats

Yachats, Oregon 2021

As some of you may know, over the December holidays, I had a trip scheduled to the Oregon coast, and, at that time, the trip just didn’t feel right, so I cancelled. Well, as I was writing one night after work, I think it was Wednesday, it occurred to me that a trip to the coast this weekend felt right, so I booked a small cottage about 100 yards from the Ocean, and set out late Friday afternoon.

Before I write more about my time in Yachats, let’s take a look at two of the posts from this past week.

2 Writing Reflections

The Reflection Series: Thinking About Time Differently

I always love what I write, even when the writing is difficult, or it doesn’t turn out exactly like I anticipated; and, the latter happens, well, not quite often, yet as a burgeoning writer it happens. It’s part of the process.

The reflection on time and energy was such a fun post to write, as considering how my (our) energy is spent daily is an important consideration. One that I think more about today, than in times past.

As I wrote about in the post, the idea came from a conversation with a colleague of mine, and since that time, I’ve written this post, made a very short video for LinkedIn, and mapped most of my work (and some of the departments). Here is the latter.

Albany, Oregon 2021

As you can see, what is helpful is knowing how much energy each project takes, and the timeframe the work will take place. On the vertical axis, you can see time labeled as work of the year, work of the quarter, work of the month, and work of the week; and, energy is on the horizontal axis.

I am currently reflecting on this graph, and will use the information contained within to construct my next year of work. Super helpful.

Guide

The poem guide was created as I sat and reflected upon my childhood and how I was taught well, very well, in fact, how to use, and develop, my intelligence, perseverance, and determination to “get things done.” The issue?

Well, I wasn’t taught, and it is totally okay that this was so, how to develop my intuition. Yet, it was always there, waiting, and, in fact, guiding me, even though I was unaware for a very long time.

I really enjoyed writing this poem as I believe it is a reflection of many young people’s lives, especially in the United States.

Yachats

Oh, how I love, love, love the coast. Or, maybe it is called the beach, shore, ocean, or sea, where you live. Either way, I adore being at the coast, and the trip this past weekend was no exception.

I spent my almost two days there, walking along the coast trail, taking photos, meditating, and writing. Oh, yes, I did get some nice sleep too.

Here are some pictures from my time in Yachats.

Lovely, yes?

Yes, it was great fun. I’ll be sharing some of the new poetry I created this weekend in the coming weeks. One is already scheduled for tomorrow night. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I enjoyed getting to take in all of the scenery and beauty that inspired it.

Alright, that’s all for this week.

Have a splendid week.

#poetry, #blog, #blogger, #bloggersdiary, #blogging, #coast, #guide, #mindmap, #ocean, #oregon, #poem, #timeandenergy, #wom, #woq, #wow, #woy

Haiku #6

Photo by Cozies Tone on Unsplash

Vast sand dunes at sea,
Such a juxtaposition.
Underneath? The same.

Photo by Gabriel Jimenez on Unsplash

#poetry, #earth, #haiku, #life, #love, #ocean, #poem, #poems, #sanddunes

Elfje #1

Photo by Trevor McKinnon on Unsplash

Blue
The ocean
During the night
Glistening in the light
Stars

In the event you don’t know, this poem is called an Elfje. As you know, I started writing both haikus and tanka’s recently, and am excited about venturing into another poetry medium with the Elfje.

According to the Elfje rules, the fourth sentence is supposed to be about yourself in relation to the person or object. Though I did not follow that rule in this poem, I wanted to share it anyway, as I liked the way it turned out.

Alright, that’s all for now. Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

#poetry, #elfje, #life, #love, #nature, #ocean, #poem, #poems, #stars

Haiku #5

Waves crash on the beach,
Salty mist blows from the west.
Night turns into day.

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#poetry, #beach, #coast, #day, #haiku, #life, #love, #nature, #night, #ocean, #poem, #poems