©2019 Susan Noyes Anderson
image by Frank McKenna on Unsplash
I’d like to just let go of me
and ride the waves across the sea––
willy-nilly, to and fro
with no particular place to go.
I’d ease into the briny foam
and float like seaweed on the roam,
as free as seagulls in the sky
to rise and fall and squawk and cry.
How brave and buoyant I would be,
surrendering my destiny
to forces greater than my own,
entrusting mind and flesh and bone.
My soul is all that I can hold.
Why not be strong? Why not be bold?
Life changes like the ocean tide.
The joy is in the ride––the ride.
The ocean is one of my favorite analogies for life, and the notion of submitting to wind and wave, trusting in my buoyancy, invokes a powerful image of submitting to God’s plan (without struggling to control or manipulate it) simply because I trust not only the process, but the Creator. How freeing!
If this poem speaks to you, consider reading this related one: Lifeboat.