Valsa George


Seaside Broodings - Poem by Valsa George

As I stand by the side of the sea
Watching the breakers that pound on the shore
Looking at the melee of waves and tides
I wonder if we can ever tame its waters
Or silence its rising tumult
The sea, some times is at peace, but it’s only a truce
Like the sea, within us is a never ending conflict
Beneath the whirls and tides, are also pearls unseen

Is not there a parallel between man and the sea
Both a cosmos in themselves so impenetrable,
Giving us visions of things unseen
Beating with a thrilling pulse
And moving with no desire to halt
With an insatiable longing to possess

As under the clamorous surface of the sea, mysteries sleep
What all secrets in the hidden chambers of our heart we keep
As no one knows an ocean’s reach and sinuous strength
None on earth can fathom the depths of human heart

In a wild unrest when my mind churns
How I wish if I could put down all my cares
Also my conflicts into noiseless sleep
To withdraw into a state of long respite and placid calm
Soon I learn, such motion and commotion
Are the inevitable signs of life within!

As long as the heart keeps pulsating
We cannot quell the rumpus inside
Movement is always a sign of life
And stillness, we know is akin to death

Topic(s) of this poem: seaside


Comments about Seaside Broodings by Valsa George

  • Rajnish Manga (1/28/2016 11:20:00 AM)


    It is so nice and wonderful to see a similarity between the tumultuous and placid waters of sea and the human nature. Thanks for an amazing and lively portrayal, Valsa ji.
    Is not there a parallel between man and the sea
    Movement is always a sign of life
    And stillness, we know is akin to death
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    Valsa George (1/28/2016 10:35:00 PM)

    Thank you Rajnish sir for reading a series of my sea poems and making your beautiful observationss on them.

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/26/2015 4:01:00 AM)


    Soon i learn. Great work. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (12/1/2015 9:04:00 AM)


    The waves of emotions that are in constant motion inside a man are so nicely compared with the sea.And that commotion and conflicts are but part of life and sign of life.Stillness is akin to death.The poem is so lively and so beautiful ! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (11/30/2015 7:20:00 PM)


    It's a correct observation in relating our life with that of a sea where lot of features and habits relates each other.Very aptly you picked up the examples of similarities between two. Thanks for sharing your valued views in this lovely penning. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (11/27/2015 7:40:00 PM)


    A very reflective poem. Being by sea and watching it with its immensity is such an marvelous feeling with in itself. We do live by rising and falling waves of emotions and yes silence is like death though Mystics tell us otherwise......but for us sea waves present the truth of life. Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (11/22/2015 8:36:00 PM)


    A nice and a descriptive write. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (11/22/2015 8:19:00 AM)


    This is a poem of discoveries! It only required your patience and contemplation to make them, but those are two things many people forget in the fast pace of life and the turmoil within. Your poem acknowledges both realities
    but sees another reality beyond in which we channel these amorphous energies into a life force. I love the movement of your poem from watching the powerful ocean surge, and then making a link to the surging energy of our interior lives, to a quiet confidence that our natures contain and use such energy positively.
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  • Edmund Strolis (11/21/2015 8:23:00 AM)


    Pearls unseen such a wonderful metaphor as is your entire poetry/philosophy. The questions abound and the storm of uncertainty ranges and then settles into an acceptance and understanding as you say a truce. The heart like the waves keeps pulsating and for better or worse that is life. I enjoyed this writing immensely. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (11/19/2015 6:52:00 AM)


    Depth of feelings is hidden in the sea. Every heart has a hidden sea deep inside. Movement is life. Beautiful poem to say sea is life. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (11/18/2015 1:56:00 AM)


    superb, loved the concluding lines and so true - yes Movement is a proof that life exists. You are an avid sea lover i guess Mam, and you v beautifully depict the same in your write. (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (11/18/2015 12:13:00 AM)


    The flow is similar. You have stated this well. Thanks, Valsa (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (11/18/2015 12:01:00 AM)


    As long as the heart keeps pulsating
    We cannot quell the rumpus inside
    Movement is always a sign of life
    And stillness, we know is akin to death
    You are right Valsa but only a movement is not a sure sign of life. Emotions, thinking and love must be the cause of a movement.
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  • (11/17/2015 11:29:00 PM)


    Sea has the power to turn anyone coming in it's proximity into a philosopher. No wonder, the sea side broodings too are dipped in philosophy of life. There are lot of qualitative similarities in an ocean and a human heart(mind) since both are impenetrable and hide lot of secrets.
    Movement is no doubt a sign of life and the quelling of rumpus of thoughts etc inside a mind is very difficult. Great Confucius, in one of his gem of teachings, has asked his disciples to strive for creating complete vacuum in mind on daily basis at least for half an hour for maintaining peace, harmony and realization of life. This is very difficult, he had said, but can be attained through penance.
    Thanks for sharing a beautiful, thought provoking poem. Be always blessed.10 ++
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  • Souren Mondal (11/17/2015 10:55:00 PM)


    'In a wild unrest when my mind churns
    How I wish if I could put down all my cares
    Also my conflicts into noiseless sleep
    To withdraw into a state of long respite and placid calm
    Soon I learn, such motion and commotion
    Are the inevitable signs of life within! '

    I remembered a number of texts mostly by playwrights while reading this poem. Singe's 'Riders to the Sea' and Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' (the soliloquy by Jacques) ...

    What struck me was how the poem talks about 'internal conflicts' in the human psyche - 'no conflict, no drama' - that's how Shaw puts it, and to take it with Shakespeare the world is a 'stage' and we are just 'players', who may 'strut and fret' and then never be 'heard anymore', but the voices are always 'polyphonic' - multiple... I loved this poem for the use of the metaphor of the sea.. A beautifully crafted poem on this 'conflict' that still has a 'calmness' to it...

    Thank you ma'am for sharing this.. It is beautiful.. Just beautiful...
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    Souren Mondal (11/20/2015 11:04:00 PM)

    It's always a pleasure to read your poems ma'am.. I just hope Synge would forgive me for spelling his name wrong!

    Valsa George (11/18/2015 10:35:00 AM)

    Thank you Souren for your analytical comment and relating my poem to the works of the stalwarts of literature!

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/17/2015 10:33:00 PM)


    Rising of silence is well witnesses standing near sea with beautiful imagery of waves. Thrilling pulse motivates mind to observe this carefully This movement is always a sign of love and we feel this continuously. Interesting poem shared....10. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015



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