September 24, 2014

Walking and searching the tideline

Walking and searching the tideline and talking

about finding what we are still seeking.

For now, driftwood, sponge coral, mermaid’s toenails.

Later,  quantum consciousness, alternate realities, the soul.

Intertidal items of value, interest or utility.


I was surprised to find that the first appearance of the word “beachcombers” in print was in Herman Melville’s Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in…

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September 16, 2014
Some days you just feel like jumping out of the water and making a big splash.

Some days you just feel like jumping out of the water and making a big splash.

September 5, 2014
Log Page From Long Beach Island

Log Page From Long Beach Island

“It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” – John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez


Walking the tidal pool feels primeval – still

it’s today but hermit crabs, sea urchins,

sea squirts, baby sheepshead, spears and periwinkles

have ancient forms scuttling over my feet -

ghost crabs moving through time and space.


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September 5, 2014
Voyage of the LEGOs

Voyage of the LEGOs

You may have heard the story about how a container ship was hit by a massive wave about 20 years ago and it dumped its cargo including about 5 million Legos into the ocean. They still wash up on shores in England and although they are ocean trash, people have been logging their finds and tracking the currents that bring to places.

In 1990, 80,000 Nikes went off a ship into the Pacific Ocean and…

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September 4, 2014
Waxing Moon Over the Sea

Waxing Moon Over the Sea

Tonight’s moon is waxing larger than yesterday

and will not be visible at dawn.

It is incomplete growing to the west,

gibbous, lighting whales humpbacked in its light.

Four more days until it is full.


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September 4, 2014
World in a Teacup

World in a Teacup

Steam from the pot’s pour sends water

back into the air to rise up

into the clouds drifting rapidly east

over an ocean and continent to island

mountains scented with coconuts, cinnamon and tea.

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August 26, 2014
The Constellating Image

The stars over the ocean tonight unite

in clusters – patterns that I cannot discern:

darkness above, waves with points of foam,

Pisces swimming the celestial equator , drifting Aquarius,

a dipper set with seven bright stars.


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August 1, 2014
Waves That Rhyme

Weekends in Paradelle: Waves That Rhyme

I can stare at waves for a long time without being bored.

Surfers study waves – not like scientists – but they study them for sure. I don’t study them. I let them hypnotize me. Or maybe it’s a form of meditation.

Years ago, when I went for a weekend sesshinat a Zen monastery, my wife asked what it was that I was supposed to learn…

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July 15, 2014
Dolphin 56


Atlantic wanderer, traveling Florida to New York.

Identified by its freeze-branded “56″ dorsal fin.

Visiting boaters for twenty years, a loner,

old, at 45, unseen for several years.

His freedom lures us into the water.

The very social Dolphin 56 has a Facebook fan page.

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May 28, 2014
Planet Ocean

Deep sounds seem to come to me

through the third ear, in the bones.

On this planet, covered two-thirds in water,

tympanic drumbeat carried to feet, hands, skull,

finally to the smallest bones of all.

the eye of a baby sperm whale

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April 8, 2014
On The Jetty


Staring out to sea this rainy afternoon

from a rocky American Atlantic jetty east

to the French lieutenant’s woman, her jetée

of things thrown oceanward to help hasten

beach erosion, long shore drift, tragic affairs.

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April 7, 2014
Widow’s Walk

Widow’s Walk

This railed rooftop platform seems more 19th-century,

but on this New Jersey 21st-century day,

no mariners’ wives watch for spouses returned,

no Captain’s Walk atop their terrestrial homes,

searching the horizon for ships long overdue.


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February 1, 2014
Cape Point, South Africa - Where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

Cape Point, South Africa - Where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

(Source: itsdavidmoon, via kingoftheashers)

January 30, 2014

On one of the remotest islands 
on our planet, thousands of miles from the nearest continent, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. 

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January 27, 2014
Lightning Over Waterat a distance is beautiful and silent.
No thunderclap. No danger to the observer.As a child, I…View Post

Lightning Over Water

at a distance is beautiful and silent.
No thunderclap. No danger to the observer.
As a child, I…

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