I Took a Walk

For Sumana’s Prompt at Poets United – It’s a Beautiful World

I Took a Walk

“If you’re a writer, particularly if you’re a writer or a storyteller of any kind, there is something already kind of monstrously wrong with you.” Anthony Bourdain

I have traveled a lot.
I’ve seen things, heard things,
eaten things –
I have seen incredibly beautiful things and
heartbreakingly ugly things.
I was feeling down about the world,
about what we humans had done to it –
how we have trashed it, burned it,
raped it, murdered it.
But then I stood at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean
in January.
I watched the grey and white waves rolling in
under the grey and white sky.
I became at peace.
The waves washed over my boots and it began to snow.
I looked at the dull tan of the sand
and I thought,
You know. this world is still beautiful.
I took a chance and sat down and let the icy
waters wash over me –
baptizing me in the spirit of the sea.
I nearly froze to death
but wow – what a rush.
I stood up and shivered.
It is a beautiful world.
I felt connected for the first time in a while.
I let the waves wash away my anger.
I let the waves wash into me
the beauty of the grey and the white.


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