Beloved and the Sea

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

Swim into the sea of relationships
and see how plants and animals behave.
Among their own species, they live
in unity and conflict.

Swim into the sea of relationships
between man and woman.
Homo sapiens, as they are,
they too relate in unity and conflict.

For now they declare
their love in marriage
and tomorrow they dissolve their vows,
rejecting the beloved.

Oh, this sea of relationships
among humans - in harmony
and conflict, in pain and sorrow,
in joy, embrace and bed of tears!

“Is there another sea
where we can swim and bathe?”
the poet asked.
The owl, up the tree, answered,
“No! Learn to embrace the lonely sea!”

August 22, 2012

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