An Ocean Respite


Downtime, breathing space,
a change of pace – this was
reason enough for the short
trip to the ocean at Southampton.

Benches awaited us in the
sand. We sat, watched and
waited for each wave to
roll in from the distance.

Then up, up and over with
a crash along the beach.
Sounds of gulls in the sky,
boats, fisherman. Cares

floated away and into
the ocean. Again and again.
Then still our souls. Breathing
steady again. A sandpiper

walked past. The ocean accepted
our prayers, swept them away
leaving smooth pebbles with
each new wave. Savoring

the sights, sounds and
colors, we have replaced
cross words with smiles.
This respite has renewed us.



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10 Responses to An Ocean Respite

  1. Emily says:

    Fantastic blog! I love the photos. Such a peaceful and beautiful place I am glad you both had a wonderful time away. We all need to relax and unwind sometimes!

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  2. JC says:

    It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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  3. Arno Bode,cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    ein beeindruckender Bericht über eueren Kurzurlaub.Entspannen und Energie auftanken in anderer Umgebung als der gewohnten, bringt so viel Erholung,das man davon wieder eine Weile zehren kann.Das Foto der glücklichen und Zufriedenheit ausstrahlenden Autorin zeigt wie gut so ein Kurzurlaub wirkt.Meinem Motto entsprechend jeden Augenblick bewußt zu genießen,wünsche ich Dir,deinem Ehemann und deiner Famielie viele glücklich Zeiten.Deine schriftstellerischen Veröffenlichungen sind immer wieder eine neue Faszination.
    Liebe Grüße
    Dein Arno

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    • We thank you for your wishes and kind words. Your insightful comment illustrates your concerted effort to remain “in the moment” and focus on what is at hand. I wish for you and yours many more such wonderful moments in life. 🙂


  4. Nancy says:

    Wonderful pictures & words. This is my
    old stopping ground from years ago. I could feel the sand between my toes & the salty spray on my face. Thank you. Keep writing.

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    • Thank you for such a thoughtful comment. I am glad I could bring those memories back to you. I too had sand between my toes. It’s part of the experience. Music and poetry come to me as I sit and observe nature in all her glory. Writing and music bring me great pleasure. I shall continue to indulge in both and thank you for being in my music life! ^__^


  5. Tom says:

    Yes! The beach is a wonderful place to go. Always soothing to the mind, body and soul.

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