Candance of the Ocean - By: Sydenie MacArhur
It has an everlasting whispering sound that is
loved by all who can hear,
Breaking waves strike the shore with a light yet
When night creeps, it spreads a shadow on the
water so blue and clear,
A reflection of orange and yellow infects the
surface with a fluorescent and radiant loom,
Antagonistic predators swim murderously
underneath the silhouette of the setting sun so
Currents run rapid in the vicinity of coral reefs
beneath the shore,
Innocent and vulnerable marine life flee from
predators in fright,
Submarines descend in hope to reach their
Tsunamis rise and form from cracks that begin to
jeopardize all who surround,
The ocean's deepest chasms remain
unexplored and black,
Creatures of the deep swim in the darkness so
formidable and profound,
Unable to plunge further, we assume that in this
abyss life and light wholly lack,
The cadence of the water has life running
through every wave,
Without the ocean, there would be nothing but
silence and our graves.
Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.: This poem portrays the ocean's sheer beauty, also discussing why it is a significant part of Earth. Climate change has impacted sea levels, ruined coral reefs, and warmed the ocean's natural temperatures. I try to demonstrate why it needs to be protected and how all life circles back to water.
Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.:
In this poem, I really tried to encompass the feeling of the ocean, all its magnificence, and why we must defend it. I hope some people can resonate with certain lines, whether they have seen the ocean or not. Also, I think that the ocean is a gorgeous place, and even though it is so expansive and diverse, I tried to condense some of its main parts into a poem.
Why did you choose to write this poem?:
I chose to write this poem because I grew up near the ocean, and frankly, I kind of took it for granted. It wasn't until we moved away from it that I realized it had a sound, a smell, and a certain aura about it. I missed that and wanted to write a poem that resonated with my thoughts about this truly magnificent place.
Do you have any tips or anything to share with the youth writers who may be reading this?: Write from the heart. I would say that the most important piece of your writing is the idea itself, and from there, you can build on it with your unique writing style. All poems are beautiful, and be confident that if you love your writing, someone else will love it too.