Monday, 19 August 2013

Alive!

photo by Elena Kalis
Let not this ocean consume me,

rather,
let me know of its tides, fathom its depths,
let me ride out its storms, sail on its seas,
let the stars and moon guide me safely to shore,
let me wiggle my toes in the sand.

Let me feel the wind in my hair, the rain on my face,
let the sun beat in my heart filling my soul.  

Let me love life.

Anna :o]

M (thanks M) at Mindlovemisery asks if we are an optimist, pessimist or realist.  I consider myself to be a realist, but realism is often burdensome, dampening the spirit and destroying hope, so I self-medicate with a constant dose of optimism and for the most part remain happy, happy, happy!  (I do so love life!)

Tess at The Mag provided the image and the inspiration for the setting of my words.  Thanks Tess

Poets United kindly opened its pantry.  Thanks PU.

38 comments:

mindlovemisery said...

I was just looking at this image and writing, it is such a gorgeous picture =)

I love this Anna that last line especially! The funny thing is I do love life even if only in theory sometimes and that is why my Depression has never destroyed me

I love that you self-medicate with optimism that is the healthiest way to self-medicate it trumps my sugar addiction lol

Lydia said...

What a truly beautiful poem, and I loved your afterthoughts so much.

Hmmmm. I think perhaps I self medicate on realism. No wonder I have problems!!!

Leovi said...

Delicious and optimistic poem, lovely!

kaykuala said...

Self medication is ok if one has the confidence. Great take Anna!

Hank

Optimistic Existentialist said...

A constant dose of optimism does wonders for the soul :) beautiful poem my friend.

Brian Miller said...

love the feel of this one....there is a nice energy...yes let us love life and chase after it with abandon...smiles....

George S Batty said...

it is so hard to chase the bottom side of the glass and so easy to fill it up and enjoy...self medication is an awesome way to go

Nataša Dolenc said...

very optimistic.. i liked the freshness it leaves.

Martin said...

What a beautiful poem; it contains so much of what represents the ocean : )
I had to smile at your self-medication. Realistic optimism is probably the best attitude.

Mary said...

Beautiful! What an optimistic ending, and a hope that we all have, I think....to love life, whatever it holds for us.

Frances Garrood said...

Lovely!

Vandana Sharma said...

its full of optimism:)

Kim Adams Morgan said...

This is light and fun. I want to find some sand and wiggle my toes! Very nice.

Berowne said...

I enjoyed "fathom its depths." Or was the double meaning happenstance?

Helen said...

Self medicating with optimism is lovely .. as is your poem.

Truedessa said...

This was simply beautiful..

dsnake1 said...

yes, this poem is brimful with optimism! good vibes all around. :)

Kathe W. said...

excellent and so positive! Wonderful poem!

Kutamun said...

Sail on Mariner, keep your eye peeled for the Albatross....

Lucy Westenra said...

Great exhortations and optimism.

Poet Laundry said...

I love your open and your close--perfect bookends to this life filled piece!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

May it forever be!

poga poetry said...

nicely done....thanks for sharing

Tino said...

Living life rather than being consumed by its oceans :)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Thanks again for your welcome comments folks.

Berowne: not happenstance my friend - something in the subconscious brought
'fathom' to me and I thought of the wonderful and appropriate double-meaning with joy!

Anna :o]

Micæl ॐ Chadwick said...

It's so true how much we miss when we allow ourselves to become consumed... This is brilliant.

Lolamouse said...

Beautiful combo of the two prompts! "Self medicating with optimism" is a much better idea than some other things people use to self medicate!

Amrit Sinha said...

A very hopeful piece ... loved it.

Ghadeer said...

Your poem is bouncy and screams optimism!

Munir said...

Life is beautiful and you did a wonderful job in writing about it. Thanks for sharing.

Claudia said...

let me wiggle my toes in the sand....oh NICE... what a beautiful mood in this

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Bravo! Long Live You!

Beth Winter said...

The ending is perfect. It reads as a plea and I hope it is answered favorably.

Adura Ojo said...

Beautiful! I so need this right now! Thanks Anna, for sharing.

Little Nell said...

Your optimism shines through in this poem Anna.

aplaceforpoetry said...

Confidence and optimism ebbs and flows - we need lovely writing like this to gently remind us...

Manzanita said...

Anna
A beautiful thought..... don't let that ocean ..... life.... swallow you up and spit you out. I find there is one prerequisite to happiness and that is a healthy body free of pain. When the body is peaceful, that sun just beats in the heart and truly fills the soul with happiness. Amazing.
Thanks for dropping by. So great to see you again.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Hope springs eternal in the human condition, in the teeth of, in spite of, the global tragedies and natural disasters. I applaud your great heart, your poet's heart.