Retreat

What is it about the ocean

That holds me hypnotized

As the seabirds dip and squawk

In the tossing of the tides?

Peering into the misty haze

I cannot help but stop and stare

A sudden peace rewards my gaze

At the order that is evident there.

The splashing rhythm speaks to me

And works changes in my spirit

It has a lesson to teach me

And I draw nearer, still to hear it.

As my heart grows silent

I think that God is working there.

And although my mind’s unable

My soul offers up a prayer.

While the tears upon my face

Mingle with the ocean spray

I toss down my heart’s burdens

For the sea to carry away.

Copyright STLloyd 11/17/1988

 

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