A Sea Change

gave me the space to realize
we are currently at war
or very nearly there

Yet we continue to assume,
to blame, to ignore.
Hard to imagine in a time when
so much information is available
we choose (it really is a choice)
to assume, to blame, to ignore.

Friends and colleagues who are busy
with their lives,
Hard working people who are scraping by,
Young people disillusioned or disaffected
(as we all were at some point) realizing
fairytale endings rarely happen and
our history doesn't always make us proud.

All who feel to some degree
it's someone else's job
to clean up the mess.

I find myself searching for a sign to tell me
that everything is going to come out all right

And then I remember how young a species
we really are,
I imagine we are still fumbling in our youth,
not sure of our path ahead and what skills we will need
or what successes actually look like.

Which is why the sea changing
from calm to turbulent has led me
to this place of reflection

Anticipating that I am at risk if I attempt
to go into the sea by myself,
I need the help of others to make my way through
breaking waves amidst coral rocks

I cannot assume the return of calm,
I cannot blame the sea for being true to its nature,
I cannot ignore the crashing water and jagged rocks.

I cannot bring about a sea change.
But with more people around me
maybe together we can weather the change
and keep ourselves from going under.

Change is, after all, the nature of things.
Sea changes are just bigger and
require more of us to meet the challenge.


Filed under Prose and Poetry

3 Responses to A Sea Change

  1. Kathleen Lahiff

    Thank you, Carol, for giving poetic expression to all of this. Neptune, the god of the sea is also known as the earth shaker, conjunct Mars, the god of war once again. It is indeed good to have the support of others in holding this difficult manifestation of the All during these times we are in. Sending my heart support to you, and to all, in meditative prayer.

  2. Another beautiful refection, Carol … thank you. I’m holding on to the hopefulness of your closing stanzas, especially in light of the mammoth sea change awaiting us all, should the November election result in a Trump 2.0 presidency.

  3. Keith

    I enjoyed your beautiful and insightful poem, Carol. Thank you for sharing it.

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