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The Cleansing
by Annabel Sheila
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Ever visit the beach in early spring???? It's amazing....

It’s quiet here, just me and my soul…
And the gentle hiss of sapphire ripples
Creeping onto the icy shore nearby!
There’s a briny breeze kissing my cheeks,
Warm sunshine barely keeping the chill at bay!
The shore in springtime, only for those
Who know what solace comes from this place!
Seagulls watch me from high above,
Curiosity peaked at the sole figure
Sitting there on the deserted beach.
Sinking into my warm woollen coat,
Tugging my scarf around my face
I exhale a deep cleansing breath!
Exposed now, heart and soul naked
My burdens lay at my feet!
And when it is time to go,
I will leave them here,
And the tide will wash them away!

© Annabel Sheila

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Reviewed by Ed J. 5/19/2012
I was raised on the coast of Virginia and the ocean holds a special place in my life. I went there when I was troubled and it was as if the tides washed everything away with the soothing sounds of the waves. I can relate to this. Wonderful write!

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/20/2012
Lovliest spot to cleanse and refresh. Beautiful walk
on the shore in spring. Thank you for the sense
of peace and the essence of heart and soul.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/19/2012
A time at a lonely beach can be very refreshing. Wish I could get to in Nova Scotia shore. All we have here is dirty sand with whatever washed up lately.

Reviewed by Janna Hill 4/19/2012
The seascape never grows old and poetic thoughts flourish, especially this time of year it seems. I especially took pleasure in the last four lines.
:) Janna
P.S. I love your website.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 4/18/2012
You really capture that feeling of majesty one feels at the beach...the renewal and new beginnings. Well done.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/18/2012
Sounds marvelous, and you make me want to head back to my lakes and woods very soon.
Reviewed by Asa Seeley 4/18/2012
serene and inspiring. thanks

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/17/2012
YES...early morning walk on the beach with a cup of coffee...what a way to wake up! love this Anna~
Reviewed by Andy Turner 4/17/2012
You don't see the sea, you feel it within, it is hitting your soul, as if the waves speak to you right in to the depth of your soul. As if when the tide comes crashing in you give it your burdens as it takes them back with the tide and drowns them. Perfectly constructed.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/17/2012
I bask in the solitude of nature also, and how beautiful the way you capture it in your poetry. I especially love the final stanza of this poem!
Reviewed by jude forese 4/17/2012
Do so almost everyday ... clears the soul ...
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/17/2012
Nothing beats a deserted beach for reflection, healing, and cleansing. Rain or shine. Enjoyed this. Patrick
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 4/17/2012
Ah so true. The beach is a special place. Mountain dust beneath your feet, crunchy sand...
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 4/17/2012
I live a distance from the ocean and do not go there as often as I should, but do understand the sense of peace and relaxation one... you in particular, Anna, my friend, feels when warm in your woollen coat with the heat of your breath further warming your cheeks you sit watching the never ending movement of waves and water.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/17/2012
I think you have captured an aspect of the ocean that keeps people going back there: "Exposed now, heart and soul naked" That so fully describes how the vast openness of the ocean shore frees us. It has that affect on people. You said it in those words. Great ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/17/2012
I like the cleansing you are so adroit at, Anna. It is a wonderful feeling to wash your burdens away with the outgoing tide.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/17/2012
Oh what an outstanding write so soothing and refreshing makes the reader feel the calmness as always amazing poetry Laura
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/17/2012
I know the cleansing action of the beach quite well...e

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