Sunday, February 28, 2016


I recently just had to visit the ocean.  


I heard its song, 
calling me
from so far away.
The lyrics said, 
"It's time
to visit living salty spice,
roll in grainy grit,
that rubs, sticks to you, 
makes you shake, play, reawake.
Dive into vastness'
gulp.  Let it swallow, chew, propel you 
with pulse of foamy wetness.
Drown in forgetfulness
until once again you remember
a newborn's breath.
Then wave to the waves,
Return to the desert,
Until you hear this song again."

I could do nothing
But obey
Incessant music.

Two weeks ago in Carlsbad, California

An earworm, sometimes known as a brainworm, is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it is no longer playing.
Phrases used to describe an earworm include musical imagery repetition, involuntary musical imagery, and stuck song syndrome. (Wikipedia)

(I'm posting this to Poet's United and to Sanaa's Prompt Nights, where we're asked to write about the ocean.)


  1. This is SO dreamy :D and gosh you look wonderful in that picture!!
    Beautifully expressed! Thank you so much for participating :D

    Lots of love,

  2. ah...what beauty wells up from its bosom...the ocean knows how to connect..."Then wave to the waves, / Return to the desert, / Until you hear this song again." true!

  3. There is definitely something about the call of the ocean that cannot be resisted. And once you have heard it, the song stays with you. (Nice picture, Myrna!)

  4. It is too long since I have heard that siren call. Too long since I have tasted the salt, felt the grit, soothed my soul with its dance.
    Thank you so much for the reminder.

  5. That song of the sea calls to me endlessly, as you know. I am glad you heeded its call. Myrna, I upgraded my system and lost your email address. Will you please email me at Thanks, kiddo.

  6. Maybe we all have that ocean inside... those waves that call us back through gene poles, spiraling back into our past... I love it Myrna.

  7. There is something absolutely enthralling about the call of the ocean. How could we resits its melody, indeed...

  8. Glad you answered the call, seems you had a lot of fun

    Have a nice Sunday

    Much love...

  9. The sea might be the most ancient sound of all. This is a good reminder of why it so appeals to us.
    Steve K.

  10. Oh the ocean called to me a couple of weeks ago and I drove over to the coast to smell the salty air and just feel the peace...

  11. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by John Muir (just substitute 'ocean' for 'mountains'): "The mountains are calling and I must go." There is definitely something about that 'call' of nature....I LOVE how you likened it to an earworm....that is so apt. And, yes, we must obey that incessant music when it sings to us :-) This is lovely, Myrna!!

  12. The call of the sea is impossible to resist...

  13. "Drown in forgetfulness
    until once again you remember
    a newborn's breath."...Lovely! Being in Rhythm with the Ocean waves is refreshing and rejuvenating indeed.The relationship between the sea and a surfer is idyllically reminiscent of the give and take we share with life. Beautiful poem, myrna!

  14. Yes, the ocean will call you like that! Called me for six years once, before I returned to the hills. (I couldn't do desert.)

  15. yes, this is so dreamy. we let the child in us take over and just listen to the ocean's song.
    lovely poem!

  16. What a wonderful ear worm it turned out to be - sometimes we need to be reminded to listen for that song - also love the photo :) looks lovely there and you look most relaxed

  17. I do believe the sea speaks to us on a different level of communication.

  18. Love the renewal of the child and the return to the desert. There you must remember the earworm to be renewed gain.

  19. Wonderful choice of words that mesmerize. Awesome writing!

  20. The ocean knows seduction very well. We always submit to the call of the ocean most of the times.

    The photo shouts peace. Thanks for this Myrna

  21. Great commentation! Excellent verse.