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Berniece Penner


The Sea On Christmas Eve 2012


Desolate on a winter night
The sea roars on
I never expected this sight
The boardwalk gone.

Naked sentinels of stone
Beside the sea.
Rough pillars bereft and alone
Speak to me:

The winds of God move as He wills.
Sands shift and change
The ocean's waves He moves, He stills;
The Rock remains.

(1/6/12 Rockaway Beach)

Submitted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Written after Hurricane Sandy.

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  • Rookie - 781 Points Thomas A Robinson (9/11/2013 8:50:00 AM)

    I live in Alabama now but used to live in Florida and had many close friends that lived in New Orleans.
    It is unbelievable what a hurrican can do. And even were I live in Alabama (200 miles inward) we get storm damage from hurricanes. I have witnessed first hand the destruction and lived through a few. From hurricane Camile (winds faster than 240 mph) to watching Sandy destroy most of the Northeast coast.
    My heart goes out to the resilient northern neighbors. (Report) Reply

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