I found myself driving down to the beach
Again, seeking solitude from the sensory overload
And the stresses that seem to arise from being human.
And there sat the sea: shining, smooth, silky deep blue,
Waves whispering to the sand as they caressed the shoreline.
I was absolutely hypnotized by the peace that came so easily
To the sea; it just existed. It asked for nothing in return,
Its presence forever reassuring me that
Sometimes the most beautiful things
Are also the most simple.
But then I listened
More closely to the sound of waves;
Still whispering to the sand but this time saying
Something entirely different, something I could almost
Understand innately, and I realized the sea was talking to me.
"Yes, I am simple on the surface but if you sink beneath the
Breaking waves and swirling waters, you will see just
How complex I truly am. And you, too, are the same
As I, the same outside and within.
Just pause and consider.
From others I have no requests,
My only business is to tend to myself,
But so is yours.Your surface is calm and
Might seem simplistic to others, but inside of you
Lies an abundance: so many more wondrous layers of intricacy:
Joy, sadness, understanding, wondering, love, lust, optimism, creativity,
Fear, fantasy, and further. These are your tides, these are your own personal
Sub-surface features which encase the beauty and power that lies hidden to most.
You are a glorious mixture of outer appearance and inner complexities, these things
Work in harmony and yet can be drastically different.You can rest knowing
Who you are despite the misperceptions others might have.
Understand that it is no easy task for people to see
Your tides or currents or depth,
But those who pause
To swim beneath your surface
Will be encapsulated by the mystery
Only the deepest of divers have the honor of seeing.”