Ocean at Night

I listen to the sea
As it beats against the earth
My mind a soft resounding
No words
No words
No words

No words to make you hear
Unless you’ve heard before
Wide-mouthed waves devouring
The shore
The shore
The shore

The shore as mute as I
While the roaring ocean pens
Her prayer of ceaseless pounding
Amen
Amen
Amen

© Nichole Q. Perreault

‘Ocean at Night’ was written in response to a prompt in my poetry group, in which were to focus on onomatopoeia, which led me to thoughts like “How do you describe the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore to people who’ve never heard it before? Is there any description that does it justice?” My answer was this poem. 

Sunset on Treasure Island, FL. Photo by Nichole Q Perreault

 

CC Day 13 – Nature and Man

Good news! The Sequoias look big without a sip from Alice’s magic bottle! At first the forest looks like any other pine forest but then suddenly one finds herself among trees towering over 300 feet and as wide as 40 feet in diameter. Giant trees line the road in certain parts of Seqouia National Park, but walking among the groves is the best way to experience them. We visited the General Sherman tree and trail first. The General Sherman Tree is the largest living organism in the world and is an estimated 2,200 years old. While Jesus walked on the other side of the earth, this tree was just a sapling. Each year the Sherman tree grows the same amount of wood in an average 60 foot tree!

Did you know that Sequoia trees have bark as thick as 31 inches and are resistant to fire, chemicals, insects and fungi? They are vulnerable, however, to falling over because of their shallow root systems and lack of tap root. We actually walked through some trees that had fallen many years ago. One, in particular, the Fallen Monarch, was completely hollow on the inside and all that was left was a long, cylinder of bark. Truly, someone could have lived inside this tree. It certainly was bigger than the Ingalls’ sod house or shanty!

 Walking among the massive, chestnut colored tree trunks, filled me with a sense of quiet wonder. How I wish they could speak. I half expected one to bend over and whisper something in my ear. What a mysterious, magnificent creation we inhabit. We also visited the Grant Grove, which was our favorite of the two. There is much more freedom to walk in and among the trees there; this grove is also less busy and therefore a little quieter. The General Grant Tree is the widest of the Sequoias, at 40 ft. in diameter. The park has many other groves on and off trails, but we did not have time to visit those. I wish we could have stayed longer; I think I might have walked among the groves all afternoon and never grown tired of them.

We left the park and drove straight to Santa Monica Pier. The contrast between the quiet, peaceful trees and the lights, music and sounds of boardwalk amusement struck me immediately. The natural wonder and the man-made frenzy. Is one intrinsically better than the other? Or is that personal preference? Can all people benefit from time in nature? Or just some? Would people be more content if they spent more time appreciating God’s creation?

At about 7:45 pm, We all dipped our feet in the Pacific Ocean and felt some sort of accomplishment, I guess. We truly made it to the other side of the continent. I wish the weather had been nicer and then maybe we would have gone swimming or lingered on the beach; but the gray sky and cool temperatures made the experience somewhat anticlimactic. Perhaps because the experience was nothing at all like I had anticipated. Nonetheless, we made it!

We did a little shopping, rode the ferris wheel and then ate ice cream and funnel cake for dessert, or well, maybe it was dinner. A typical ending to our very atypical days on this wild adventure!

Cross Country Day 2 & 3 – By Jacquelyn

    Hi Everyone! It’s Jacquelyn. On Day 2 of our journey we passed by Niagara Falls one last time and then headed for the border. Once back in America we stopped at McDonalds for breakfast and drove through NY, PA, and OH until reaching Cedar Point resort around 4 PM.

     We decided to eat dinner at TGIF as our park passes were good from 5 until closing.  The first ride we went on once entering the park was TOP THRILL DRAGSTER.  Christina and my mom waited while my dad and I experienced a 420 ft. drop from the front row. It was definately worth the wait for me, although Christina disagreed. The rest of the night made up for it though, as she rode the carousel, a roller coaster, and some other rides as well.

     After the park we returned to the hotel and took a walk on the beach. The sand was incredibly soft and felt great to walk on after a night at the amusement park. Next, we had plans to go swimming but when we looked in the outdoor pool and hot tub we quickly decided to head inside because the surface was covered with dead insects.  Christina and my mom spent some time in the indoor pool while dad and I grabbed ice cream to bring back to the room for everyone – a delicious ending to the day:)

     Day 3 was fairly uneventful, but we did drive through a total of 7 states. After stopping for dinner in Walnut Grove, we watched the sunset across the Minnesota sky. A remnant of the sun’s rays could be seen on the horizon until 10:45 or so, causing the horizon to look like one beautiful rainbow. We checked into our hotel in South Dakota around 11:30 central time and quickly fell asleep.