Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ocean in Me

“To him it is an ocean, unfathomable, and without a shore.” – William Godwin

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I need to be here. The breeze taste of salt tang - warmth. I swallow huge gulps of air current like a piquant ambrosia sliding into the warm confines of stomach melt, savoring the breath of dry salt on wet lips like the rim of a margarita.

The smell is intoxicating, a sweet noxious sulphur of taffeta salt brine and baked sand.

Coarse granules wick across the fine hair on my arms, tickling tobacco paper thin coats of abrasion. My toes ooze down sinking in silt, battered by effervesce froth. A tendril of kelp sloshes around my ankle, tugging, daring me to follow the waves retreat back into the ocean. The shoreline reverberates down to my bones with each thunderous crash, thrumming a vibrato.

I close my eyes and listen to a child’s bubbly laughter, followed by slapped footfalls against wet sand racing away from galloping waves. A seagull caws from the air overhead. The ocean roars thrashing wave after wave against the shell laden coast. I hear her faint heartbeat as she sucks her current back like a child suckling a nipple. Music comes to me faintly from somewhere up the cliff, a sonata serenading the tempest.

Sand and salt buffet the heat of the day against my body - I need to be here.

I open my eyes and I’m back in the confines of my home, a thousand miles away from the nearest ocean. The rain beats a steady cacophony against the window, sliding down in streaming rivulets. Teal blue skies are now a hazard grey. Feeling a hard ridge pricking my palm I look down to find a lone sea shell and I smile.

The imagination of a writer can take you anywhere in the world; because of words I can ride the waves in the ocean of me…anytime I desire. In reality I haven’t seen them in years. - Indigo

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40 comments:

  1. Beautiful. It's been far too long since I've seen the ocean as well- though only four years, still too long. ((hugs))

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  2. Beautiful as always. There's something about the rhythm of your writing. I find myself reading it like lines of jazz, the alliteration and assonance bouncing from tongue to cheek to cheek. Love it.

    It's been too long since I've been to the ocean, but reading this, I had a brief visit.

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  3. I must show John your header. He is always telling me how he learned to "hunt and peck" on an old manual typewriter at the feed store that he managed in the 50's. Relaxing entry, I could feel the hot sand between my toes.

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  4. I would ditto AJR's comment, subsituting jazz for ambien music... lilting and airy.

    And yes, I expected you to say this was a 'now' reflection, that you had made your way to the ocean recently. I think that is a mark of an excellent writer, when they can transport the reader and put them 'there'.

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  5. A trip of spirit. Senses invoked and at work. That is what writing is about. Great read x

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  6. I haven't missed the sea ever as much as I do at this moment. Thank you for taking me back for a visit ♥

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  7. Time for a beach holiday, Indigo! Good to see you up and writing.

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  9. Grab your bikini and let's rock. I will be at the beach Friday around noon. I can taste the salt air now.

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  10. Thank you..I was there with you on that beautiful beach...my hair blowing in the warm wind...
    Thank you again and again..How wonderful it is to have our imaginations..
    Much Love Sybil xx

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  11. Oceans have a special draw for creative people. I wonder why that is...

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  12. I live on Lake Erie about 100 yards from a beach. I haven't been over to the beach since last summer. After reading this, I think I'm going to walk over there now...

    Thanks Indigo!

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  13. Beautifully written, Indigo. I miss the ocean.

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  14. Your writing never fails to blow me away ... and today, you've transported me to one of my favorite places in the world. Thank you.

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  15. I live so close! Come visit. I will learn ASL. I swear I will :) Our conversation will be slow and long. Is there a better way?

    ((Hugs)) You've written a detailed and inviting sceen here!

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  16. Lovely...I can feel the sand and smell the ocean. :)

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  17. god, your writing takes my breath away. incredible, my friend.

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  18. Beautiful. I love the "hazard grey" sky.

    I just moved right next to a lake and it's nice but of course not the same as the ocean! Due for another visit (very)soon.

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  19. Aw! Brilliant. You described it perfectly!

    That's why I love being a writer so much. We can visit anywhere at anytime. =)

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  20. Hello Indigo,
    Long time since I've blogged.
    Always so embracing to read your writing my old friend.Sounds like
    you have a great piece of property in your imagination..I love the ocean too.Keep writing and sharing.

    ps.I am uploading a couple of videos to my blog tonight you may enjoy ;)

    Tab xo

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  21. Lovely. :)

    And you're right -- a writer can be anywhere. Anywhen. Anyhow. Best thing in the world, isn't it?

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  22. You are a powerful writer, Indigo Ravenwood.

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  23. I relate to your words. As a child my imagination took me to far away places when reality was just too real.

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  24. The following are comments Blogger ate May 12th. I love my readers, so worth replacing...

    Lisa: http://wwfbison.blogspot.com/
    I relate to your words. As a child my imagination took me to far away places when reality was just too real.

    Eileen Schuh:
    http://www.eileenschuh.blogspot.com/
    You are a powerful writer, Indigo Ravenwood.

    Linda:http://www.lindagrimes.com/
    Lovely. :)
    And you're right -- a writer can be anywhere. Anywhen. Anyhow. Best thing in the world, isn't it?

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  25. Hope you can get to the ocean in near future, I am sure it will provide even more inspiration.

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  26. I was in a quick need to get to my local shore.
    I dragged a friend... around the curves, down the steep steps, under the highway... across the hot soft stuff, to the stiffer cool... and immediately stepped on a bee.
    A stinger right in the arch!
    Still smiling, in between the moans, and screams... dragging my searing foot through the cold white foam.
    It was great.

    Cheers!..to finding where we feel we need to be, and loving it... fun and faults and all ... enough to stay.

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  27. beautiful and oceanic in the rhythm.

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  29. (I deleted my 1st comment to correct a weird typo...)


    There is no doubt that you are a writer of the highest caliber. I have not been to the Oregon coast for almost a year and as I read this I was thinking I must get over there and describe it in my own words as Indigo has... To find that this description was of memory and imagination...well, see my first sentence!

    This is so amazingly beautiful:
    The smell is intoxicating, a sweet noxious sulphur of taffeta salt brine and baked sand.

    Coarse granules wick across the fine hair on my arms, tickling tobacco paper thin coats of abrasion.

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  30. So true!! Our imaginations can take us wide and deep if we let them. Great description of the ocean and beach. I felt like I was there. And now I want to be there. Thanks!

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  31. Indigo - your words never cease to amaze me. They are wonderful!

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  32. Beautiful! awesome entry esp since you haven't been there in over 20yrs, like me. time for a visit!

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  33. Beautiful writing--I felt like I was there on the beach, with the ocean nearby. :)

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  34. Thanks for bringing me to the seashore for a little while. I enjoyed that :)

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  35. Beautifully written, you left me longing for the sea. And yet it's just like you say, we travel far in our words! :)

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  36. Thank you so much for this gift. I needed a mini vacation this morning and sharing yours with you was perfect!

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  37. I love the ocean, too, Indigo. I find it very calming.

    I hope all of the critters are good.

    Love,

    SB

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  38. Time to visit the coast. Been too long and the Gulf is not that far away! Your words let me see it in my mind.

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Thank you for giving my silence a voice, my muse your words, and taking the time to discover my prose.