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Mike Barrett

(June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

A Walk - Revisited


I
Walked
Along
The ocean shore
Atop
Convoluted sands,
Amid
Weakened rocks.

Atop
A huge
And weathered stone
I quietly observed
As new spawned waves
Were born
And then
Matured and died.

Silently
I stood
As they
Amassed, rose,
Curved and broke
In thunderous tortured roar!

Below,
I watched
As helpless grains of sand
Rushed aimless
To and fro -
Perceived
The parallels
To life itself -
Then smiled,
Smiled!


© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Originally written in 1961, I revisited this poem in 1991 and changed the last from, 'Then grew afraid', to, 'Then smiled. Smiled.' In my youth it frightened me that we were helpless to the to the invisible forces which act on our lives. By the '90s, I had evolved spiritually to the point where, hey, what the heck, go with the flow, everything unfolds exactly in accordance with the laws of the various universes and divine will. The former element of fear had been transmuted to knowingness hence the words, 'Then smiled, Smiled.'

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