Let me not forget to notice
all the seasons of the ocean
with an awe-filled soul—
equally winter’s pounding surf
and summer’s gentle swells.
Every bay a changing alchemy
of colors—smoke, sapphire,
aqua, slate, and sky.
Let me not forget to search
September’s waters
for the curved backs of whales,
their tails breaching toward the sun,
dorsal fins of dolphins undulating
smoothly in and out of waves
just beyond the breaks.
The ocean’s briny smell
fills my lungs with longing
for a simpler life.
She urges me to set my cares aside,
float at peace in her salty arms.

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Photo by Jamie Curd/Unsplash.

Carolyn Chilton Casas

Carolyn Chilton Casas

About the author

Carolyn Chilton Casas is a Reiki master and teacher who loves to write about nature, mindfulness, and ways to heal. Her stories and poems have appeared in Braided Way, EnergyOdyssey, Reiki News Magazine, Touch, and in other publications. You can read more of
Carolyn’s work on Facebook, on Instagram @mindfulpoet_, or in her first collection of poems
titled Our Shared Breath.