Back from the Ocean

When I went to your town on the wide open shore,
Oh I must confess, I was drawn, I was drawn to the ocean,
I thought it spoke to me, it said, “Look at us,
We’re not churches, not schools, not skating ponds, swimming pools,
And we have lost people, haven’t we though?”
Oh, that’s what the ocean can know of a body,
And that’s when I came back to town, this town is a song about you.
You don’t know how lucky you are, you don’t know how much I adore you,
You are a welcoming back from the ocean.

I went back to the ocean today,
With my books and my papers, I went to the rocks by the ocean,
The weather changed quickly, oh the ocean said,
“What are you trying to find, i don’t care, I’m not kind,
I have bludgeoned your sailors, I’ve spat out their keepsakes.”
Oh it’s ashes to ashes, but always the ocean,
But the ocean can’t come to this town, this town is a song about you.
You don’t know how lucky you are, you don’t know how much I adore you,
You are a welcoming back from the ocean.

And the ones that can know you so well are the ones that can swallow you whole.
I have a good and I have an evil, I thought the ocean, the ocean thought nothing,
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.

—”The Ocean” by Dar Williams

 

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4 thoughts on “Back from the Ocean

    • I have to admit that I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the ocean. I always feel a sense of wonder as I look our over the water, but there is also a fear of losing myself in its vastness.

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      • That makes sense considering you’re Air-aligned, though. Me, I need to be able to live near bodies of water or I start to feel “stopped up”. One of the only good things I can say about living in southern California is I’m within a short drive from a number of beaches, and few things “pop the release valve” for me like the ocean. (There are a couple other methods, but let me not go there!) It’s not enough incentive for me to stay here permanently, but anywhere I relocate to is going to need to not be totally land-locked, I need to be able to get to some flowing water in order to feel OK, if that makes sense. But I am Water-aligned, so.

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