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An entry in the 2015 Rivers Award
for Writing on Peace & Harmony

This poem was written after a long journey by open dinghy
in rough weather and relates to life’s everyday journey

The winds of the north blow
The waters of the ocean roar
The rays spread their wings
And they fly on the winds
Land chills to my being

The ocean stirs and seas rise
The waters race to the skies
They tumble over each other
And break forth in laughter
As this journey I traverse

Down in the trough
Fear seize me through
The high rise waves
Hold a grip on my veins
I hold my breath tight
Fill my heart with prayer

O raging, angry sea, don’t crash on me
Because of your anger, you put me in danger

Up again on the crest
My heart settles to a rest
Down in the waves valley
They rise above my head
I close my eyes not to see
My heart bursts in prayer

O raging, roaring sea, don’t crash on me
Cool down your anger, keep me out of danger

And when I rise to the top
I am filled with hope
That all will be just right
I see the end of the plight
As I see the rays of light

The prayer I silently said
Leave me at ease instead
For the captain of the ship
Stands there before me at ease
And that leaves me in peace

Had the captain I did not trust
I will be another casualty just
Travelling in this journey
That will take me to the land
Of darkness without end


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