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Within the Lines
by Jack R Roberts

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Sitting all alone, upon the rocks,
At the place where land meets sea.
The waves crash against the shoreline,
As if wanting to be free.

The constant roaring of the ocean,
So loud but peaceful still.
Cold wind coming off the water,
Bringing forth a bitter chill.

The sun dips into the water,
Where the ocean meets the sky.
The sky explodes with vivid colors,
As overhead the seagulls fly.

As I looked down along the shoreline,
A thought just crossed my mind.
That the ocean’s only pretty,
If it’s kept within the lines.

The shoreline is a boundary,
A line intended not to cross.
For at times the ocean does break free,
And so many suffer loss.

We have to go the extra mile,
Its boundaries to maintain.
For a mighty force such as the sea,
So needs to be contained.

Our lives are liken to the sea,
We have boundaries of our own.
Ours you see are merely rules,
The sea’s is solid stone.

How many lives been shattered,
By a boundary being crossed.
So many homes that have been broken,
So many lives that have been lost.

A lesson taught when we were children,
That we should follow for all time.
As we colored in our picture books,
“Try to stay within the lines”

Jack Roberts – January 5, 2003

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Reviewed by serenety L 8/2/2003
what wonderful words about the ocean.
Love the pic you painted.
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 7/13/2003
Excellent imagery....enjoyed this immensely..
Reviewed by jude forese 7/11/2003
excellent poem... could visualize it quite easily thanx to your poetic skills...
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 7/10/2003
Jack, this is a wonderful write, although I must admit I have always had a little trouble staying within the lines, and besides aren't rules just written to be broken...I always found them a bit of a challenge ;-)
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 7/9/2003
I love this write Jack! Staying in between
the lines is so important. When we get out side the lines and boundaries, stange things will happen to us. Bill Murray
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/8/2003
I am glad that i am able to read this great write...thanks for the re-post....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/8/2003
Interesting thoughts well written!
Reviewed by Nancy D. 7/8/2003
Excellent Jack, enjoyed reading.

Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 7/8/2003
Excellant Work Jack...Beautiful Imagery leading to Enchanting Poetry with a GREAT MESSAGE!!!!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/8/2003
Jack I remember this beauty as it so impressed me, I'm delighted to read it again, it's a classic!
Reviewed by Trixie Love 7/8/2003
Hi Jack,
Well worth the repost...

Great write...

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 7/8/2003
Beautiful poem, well written but, still, some lines need to changed . . . depending on why they exist and why wrote 'em.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/8/2003
lovely and beautifully done Jack...I could hear and see the ocean in movement!!

Reviewed by Linda Hill 7/8/2003
~Excellent my friend..
So beautiful..

Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 7/8/2003
Beautiful, Jack. Living along the coast, I can relate. We have a 17 foot high seawall protecting the city of Galveston, Tx from the Gulf of Mexico's fury.
This poem is fantastic. I love it! We rhymers need to stick together. Have a great day!
Jill :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/8/2003
good write, jack; well done! :) (((HUGS)))
Reviewed by Christine Morell 7/8/2003
Beautifully written Jack. I love this.
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 7/8/2003
Great flow and rhyme. Great coverage of the topic.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 7/8/2003
Wonderful read Jack. One many of us can relate too. I can still remember my Mother saying to me: "Little girls don't play football" This one did! Even if it was against the rules and out of line! Thanks Jack,,~SH~
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/8/2003
This was so lovely and beautifully done, enjoyed reading it so much,


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