Valsa George


On The Sea Shore - Poem by Valsa George

In the warmth of a summer sunset
I sat idle on the sea shore
Looking at the grey enormity
That heaved and swelled in turn

As I looked on, the breakers rose high
Thundering sea waves dashed
And crashed over the boulders
Before me was the wild brutality of the sea!
Though at times she is calm and windless,
A smoldering volcano lies beneath her surface

I sat away from the crowd
In a cool squire of quiet
Inhaling the briny air
And enjoying the foam and spray
My mind then was light as that of a child
That plays on the sea shore, making sand castles
I watched small boats carrying men
They were heading towards the Casino
Moored in the inlet of the sea
I felt those men were like flies lured by the flame
They come either to perish or to prosper
Most of them go back with empty wallets
Very few fortunate to splurge in money newly amassed

My eyes stretched far into the horizon
Bound by a vault of azure sky
Swallows were circling beneath tangled clouds
The tall masts of ships could be seen at a distance
I watched waves taking the shape of curving scrolls
Dolphins were seen leaping over the waters
And ever growing ripples drifted and strayed
As the fabric of blue got continuously shredded

For fun I scribbled my name on the sands
But a wave came crashing against the shore
And the very next moment washed it away
Was it here or there, I had scrawled my signature
I don’t know. It has vanished leaving no trace

Suddenly from a child, I grew into a sage
How transient is man’s life on Earth
How very tiny we are
Set against the vastness of the sea
In the wide expanse of life, as on a sea shore
We scribble our names to stay
But Alas! Some unknown hands wipe them away

It dawned on me that with time’s ceaseless flow
The world will continue to speed away
Without you or me
Leaving no memorials behind!

Topic(s) of this poem: love, seaside

Form: Prose Poem


Comments about On The Sea Shore by Valsa George

  • (7/28/2017 5:02:00 AM)


    sea has generated hundred of poems. This is really a very elaborative one with good words. (Report) Reply

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  • Kathy Van Kurin (12/13/2016 8:54:00 PM)

    On the Sea Shore
    Valsa George,
    Huge oceans's splendor is not dependent on us for anything; it simply is. We are the admirers and observers. You have used great definition to explain how we are so transient. Our names, our presence- here then gone. It is good every so often to be reminded to not take ourselves to seriously for life is precious. thanks much for this great revealing message of human reality. bless you much! kathy
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  • Siddartha Montik (12/13/2016 10:07:00 AM)

    a View of Sea!
    Liked having the view of this Poem so much..! as much so heard too the sound of waves. it is a bliss, a feel as I live far from any shore! Thank you for sharing the thoughts! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/29/2016 12:22:00 AM)


    The activity and the nature of sea described beautifully. Then see-saw of casino and washing away of a name written on the sand on a sea shore shows the transitory nature of our life.
    How transient is man’s life on Earth / How very tiny we are / Set against the vastness of the sea
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  • Shahzia Batool (5/30/2015 2:59:00 PM)


    On The Sea Shore is a poem along with all the paraphernalia of the required devices needed to compose a Sea poem...writing the names on sand, building castles, and of course the sunset........Some excellent phrases are special for their usage in the write up...You can stay away from the crowd but sitting on the shore, you get closer to life, more than ever before...The Sea is a symbol of life, carrying the philosophy of life, a source of food, flow and lessons... Great Work, beautiful poem.... (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/24/2015 1:50:00 AM)


    Set against the vastness of the sea
    In the wide expanse of life, as on a sea shore
    We scribble our names to stay
    But Alas! Some unknown hands wipe them away
    Truly said, How tiny are we in this world.
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  • (3/23/2015 3:12:00 AM)


    Wow...I must say it was a powerful write......Very beautifully have you proceeded towards the ending, you don't rush towards it as if your heart longs to write more and more of those subtle everyday happenings. A beautiful write, mam. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (3/22/2015 11:57:00 AM)


    Nature is eternal as the sea in all it's different moods will embrace the sea shore, as we watch the circle of life from a distance pondering on it's mysteries and the surging flow of time that will not wait for anyone, you bring the reality of life as a puzzle but also a beautiful gift!
    Outstanding write!
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  • Paul Sebastian (3/20/2015 5:52:00 AM)


    Reading the poem transported me to the scene. I sensed within me the sound of waves hitting the boulders, the splash of sea water, felt the wind...it was enthralling experience! You had captured the scene so beautifully and crafted that into words. I always loved the sea and I thank you for this lovely poem! Score 10 ++ (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (3/18/2015 11:22:00 PM)


    What a lovely detailing of vastness and the expanse of sea! ! You clubbed it with it's beauty and ferocity with your veracity in thoughts. I was just carried over with your detailing.... loved it Valsa......10 (Report) Reply

  • Mihaela Pirjol (3/18/2015 8:29:00 AM)


    I enjoyed the descriptive imagery of this poem, and the analogy at the end with reference at our ephemeral life. Beautiful write! (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (3/18/2015 4:43:00 AM)


    awesome poem Mam.....loved it!
    How transient is man’s life on Earth
    How very tiny we are
    Set against the vastness of the sea
    In the wide expanse of life, as on a sea shore
    We scribble our names to stay
    But Alas! Some unknown hands wipe them away - the bitter truth of LIFE
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  • (3/16/2015 11:46:00 AM)


    Very recently, i have traveled seashore of tamilnadu..... from Muttam, Pozhiyur, Nagapatnam, Velankanni, karakkal and Thanjavur
    this poetess touches
    sat away from the crowd
    In a cool squire of quiet
    Inhaling the briny air
    And enjoying the foam and spray
    My mind then was light as that of a child
    That plays on the sea shore, making sand castles
    (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (3/15/2015 10:29:00 PM)


    If only everyone could read this lovely poem and learn from it. I could taste the sea and see the dolphins and that was worth far more than riches. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/15/2015 11:07:00 AM)


    After drawing a beautiful pen picture of the magnificent sea, you changed the wave length of the poem to dwell upon the transient nature of life. Very interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/15/2015 1:14:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem painted on a canvas as large as the roaring sea which ends in a profound philosophical message - the frailty of fleeting human existence. Thanks for sharing. (10) (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/15/2015 1:13:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem painted on a canvas as large as the roaring sea which ends in a profound philosophical message - the frailty of fleeting human existence. Thanks for sharing. (10) (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (3/14/2015 8:07:00 PM)


    The irony is that this realization is at the same time, sad and comforting.
    Beautiful poem Valsa.
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  • (3/14/2015 11:28:00 AM)


    A sea side reflection so beautifully portrayed with life like waves while parting make sounds of moan.....Valsa
    but who can spurn its summons when once calls away the ocean........a great write with great imagination.....10/10
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  • (3/14/2015 10:01:00 AM)


    Beautiful imagery of the sunset and of the rolling sea is wonderfully crafted in your lovely poem. The concluding four lines are the gems set. Great poem, Valsa! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 12, 2015



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