Sep 13, 2014 2:04 PM

A Dream: Caught in the Undertow

CC Jean Stimmell: 9/13/14*
A Dream I Had Last Night

Walking along the shore trying to find access to the ocean
when at last a run-down state park appears on my right.
I pass through an overgrown field of rubble and old tires
and come to a gate in an old rusty chain link fence:
Passing through, I come to the ocean,
a sandy beach shelving off steeply into swirling surf,
highlighted by a fiery red sky and the setting sun.

Large luminous waves crest and break as they near shore
which would normally attract me to jump in and body surf
but this whole scene seems ominous and treacherous
so i gingerly wade out in the surf just to my ankles
when I am grabbed by an immense undertow
which have to fight with all my might
to escape back to shore.

* This image is a collage made by combining a photo I took of a sunset over Jenness Pond on 7/1/12 and a photo I took on 9/12/13 of a surfer braving the ocean south of Cannon Beach in Oregon.


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