Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What the Tide Replied


Have you ever spoken with the sea
on matters too foggy to foresee?


When your judgment, hazy from emotion
clouded any sighting of clear notion?


And, after friendly offerings of advice,
and couple of rolls of the 'decision' dice,


neither enticed, convinced, nor sufficed
quite like that of the ocean's?


Flowing and fluid, a miraculous, watery mass
grounding giants of stone in a vast, liquid glass,


its powers of persuasion, 
and the wisdom in its waves,


a sudsy message splashed,
and on the sand engraved,


 for me, 
to search and ponder,
 consider and decipher -


 hydro hieroglyphics
of a deep, aquatic cave.
 

Thanks for visiting!


101 comments:

  1. Oh my dear Poppy, this leaves me breathless...yes oh yes, I have.
    I hope you found your answer there in its depths.
    Happy Thanksgiving. Lucy~

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    1. Hi Lucy,

      Whispers of answers. Need to listen more carefully, I guess.

      xo
      Poppy

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  2. Beautiful shot and look at the color of the water. Just gorgeous.

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Thank you! Lots of shades of blue and green, depending on the location and the time of day.

      xo
      Poppy

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  3. Ahhhhh, the sea! Soothing, beautiful, mysterious, powerful and so much more! I always enjoy quiet walks along the beach. It's my "me" time to think, ponder and just chill. Lovely photos, Poppy!
    Cheers!

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    1. Hi Loi,

      Thanks! I know how much you adore the shore and all its profound beauty!

      Poppy
      PS: Your new profile pic is lovely!

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  4. That was just beautiful. Did you write it?
    xo Kris

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    1. Hi Kris,

      Thank you very much! Yes, I wrote it this morning, after returning from an overnight stay in a little seaside settlement called Kalo Horio, which means, 'Good Village'.

      xo
      Poppy

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    1. Hi Vett, and welcome!

      Thank you! The sea is always inspiring to me, regardless of the season.

      xo
      Poppy

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  6. Πιστεύω οι περισσότεροι της έχουμε μιλήσει και έχουμε αφουγκραστεί την απάντησή της!! Όπως πάντα, φεύγω γαλήνια από το μπλογκ σου!!! Σε ευχαριστώ!!! Φιλιά και ευχές για ένα όμορφο βράδυ!!

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    1. Hi Paraskevi,

      Thank you! So happy you that you leave here today feeling the tranquility of such waters.

      Hope you're evening is a peaceful one, tonight.

      xo
      Poppy

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  7. wow your sea is very blue. You have a real gift with words!
    Love Leanne

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    1. Hi Leanne,

      Thank you so very much! The sea, anywhere she may be, is a beauty, indeed!

      xo
      Poppy

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  8. Η χιλιοτραγουδισμένη θάλασσα ,το μπλέ της χρώμα ,πόσα αισθήματα αισθανόμαστε όταν την κοιτάμε ,την αγναντεύουμε ,ρωτάμε .....Όμορφες φωτογραφίες γεμάτες έντονα συναισθήματα !
    Καλό και ήρεμο βράδυ !

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    1. Hi Olympia,

      Thanks! Feelings flow to and fro; like waves in the water, they come and go.

      Hope you are having a lovely October eve.

      xo
      Poppy

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  9. I was waiting to see who the poet was that wrote that beautiful piece and find it was you! I loved it and the wonderful photographs that went along with it. I do look into the river that runs behind my house to ponder things. It seems to put things into perspective for me. Thanks for making my day!

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    1. Hi Maureen,

      Thank you so much! It is amazing how a body of water, whatever its size, or speed of fluidity, can communicate with such clarity, in its movement; your river, my sea.

      xo
      Poppy

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  10. What gorgeous photos and LOVE the poetry! You are great with both!

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,

      Thank you, how sweet! So happy you stopped by in the midst of all your pretty projects!

      xo
      Poppy

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  11. lovely photos . . . beautiful words . . .

    you can never go wrong with the ocean

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    1. Hi Carol,

      Thanks! You are a lucky lady to have the sea at your side, every single day!

      xo
      Poppy

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    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thank you!

      Hope you are having a wonderful day!

      Poppy

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  13. Hi Poppy,
    I love your shots of the ocean. How beautiful! I am so happy to live here on the Island where we are surrounded by water. Our beaches are the best. {Not looking forward to the winter though.} I'm dreaming of summertime again already. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Hi Sandi,

      Thank you! Prince Edward Island is breathtakingly beautiful and I hope to visit one day!

      xo
      Poppy

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  14. Wow Poppy, it is so beautiful the ocean there! I do hope to visit Greece someday! Thanks for sharing and take care my friend! Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog.
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Hope you get a chance to do so and you're very welcome!

      xo
      Poppy

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  15. Lovely photos and post! You are such a wordsmith ( and so much fun because of that! :)

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    1. Hi Debra,

      Thanks, very sweet of you!

      xo
      Poppy

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  16. A beautiful poem!...and lovely photos to go along with it!

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    1. Hi Millie,

      So nice to meet you! Thank you very much! Coming by for a visit...

      xo
      Poppy

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  17. Your Sea is so beautiful. I remember when I was young we would go to the beach and I loved getting up early in the morning and just sitting and watching the waves come in and truly thinking how small I was in this big world. I miss those days.

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    1. Hi Betty,

      It's true. The sea, being so vast and deep and endless, really does put things in perspective. Hope you get a chance to visit your childhood sea.

      xo
      Poppy

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  18. What a beautiful compilation of words and photographs. I love the ocean. It is so cathartic when I am feeling down and always revitalizing every time I visit. I wish I could visit our ocean more often - in fact, I am on my way this weekend! Hope you are having a lovely evening!

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    1. Hi Stacy,

      Thank you! I am so glad you are heading toward the ocean for the weekend and a chance to feel rejuvenated and refreshed! Have a great time!

      xo
      Poppy

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  19. I've never searched for or found answers to my questions in the sea, but the majestic North Carolina mountains always make me feel that the answers are there, if only I listen carefully. Perhaps that Greek sea, as ancient as its beauty is, is too vast, Poppy, its hieroglyphics too murky, indecipherable.

    The answers must come, as always, from your own heart.

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    1. Hello Dewena,

      I can imagine the powerful beauty of the North Carolina mountains! Whether it's the sea or the mountains we use for our inspiration towards focus and clarity, the fact remains that, we need to finely tune our listening skills, as you noted, and pick up any incoming signals of serenity, starting with the beating of our own heart.

      xo
      Poppy

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  20. This is beautiful Poppy and so true. The ocean is so powerful and it scares me because I know what it's capable of. There's nothing like a day by the ocean.. to offer relief or to sooth the senses. It's a wonderful place. xxL

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    1. Hi Leslie,

      Thanks! You're absolutely right - the ocean can be frightening, and I know this from experience, as my mother, my sister and I had a very close call last year, while we were on holiday in west Crete. I thank God for our survival and sympathize with others who have had similar experiences. They were truly the scariest moments of my life.

      xo
      Poppy

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  21. Definitely paradise! I grew up by the Atlantic Ocean so understand the power of the sea. I do find the waters of the Great Lakes soothing too, though. ;)

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  22. Hi EG CameraGirl,

    How wonderful to have lived by the Atlantic! I grew up in Ontario and agree with you - the Great Lakes are quite beautiful, indeed! Lake Huron was a favourite during childhood excursions to Owen Sound and the surrounding area. A different slice of paradise from the Mediterranean.

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

    Poppy

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  23. Oh how I miss your poetic talent and expressive photographs. You are so inspiring my friend. Now I can't wait for summer to come down under.

    Hope you have a good weekend.
    ,

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    1. Hello dear Aida,

      Thank you! If it's not the sea, then it's your pretty pictures of poppies and tulips, most recently that inspire me!

      Hope you have a lovely weekend, too!

      xo
      Poppy

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  24. Beautiful the ocean photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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    1. Hi RW and Sk,

      Thanks! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

      xo
      Poppy

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  25. Simply beautiful! There is something about the water, the sea that speaks to me. I am in love with it, but terrified of it at the same time. Maybe I was a mermaid in another life! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane,

      Thank you! Yes, the sea certainly has many faces and moods. I think many people feel the same way as you do.

      xo
      Poppy

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  26. Your entire blog was just lovely and beautiful. It made me thinks of past times when I have been near the ocean and heard the waves, the gulls and the soft wind blowing in my face. I live inland so I don't get to visit often but I just love the water.

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    1. Hi Ruth,

      Thank you! You describe your times by the ocean so beautifully. It really affects so many of our senses!

      xo
      Poppy

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  27. Beautiful views of the ocean and water. I enjoy being near the ocean and beaches when I can although we live inland. Thanks for visiting and following me Poppy!

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    1. Hi Pamela,

      Thanks! Living inland, (and I've seen your inland!), is, indeed, just as inspiring!

      Have a great weekend!

      Poppy

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  28. Ah, how lovely, Poppy! The water and the beach and the beauty are calling to me.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Hi Claudia,

      Thanks! I wonder, did you spend time by the sea when you were living in California?

      xo
      Poppy

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  29. Your photographs are stunning! Lovely words, as well, Poppy. I adore the ocean and find myself there often for pleasure and solace. :)

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much! Just visited you and enjoyed your post on the Hamptons, a place I've always wanted to see for its charming architecture, gorgeous gardens and beautiful seaside living!

      xo
      Poppy

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  30. My dear Poppy,
    I'm not religious but your poem and pictures bring to my mind a prayer made by St Francis of Assisi:
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is error, the truth;
    Where there is doubt, the faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    And where there is sadness, joy.
    For me the sea has always been a source of solace and comfort. Friends mean well, but the sea washes your soul, cleanses your spirit and brings you hope, imagined or real. Like the Assisi prayer, the sea offers a depth of inspiration and hope no friend can match.
    It's a beautiful poem, written by a lovely person.
    Mxoxoxox

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    1. My dear friend,

      A wonderfully peaceful prayer, thank you so much!

      xo
      Poppy

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  31. I talk to the sea and the sea talks back to me ..............
    I never finished my poem but it's definitely a place I like to sit and ponder. I love living near the sea, it makes life feel open, not hemmed in.
    Another lovely post Poppy x

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    1. Hi Fiona,

      Thanks! Would love to hear the rest of yours one day!

      xo
      Poppy

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  32. I would love to be on that beach contemplating the wonders of life and the universe we live in. Your pictures and prose are so inspiring. Thank you for such a lovely post.

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    1. Hi Candy,

      Thank you so much! Talking about life's many wonders is always more rewarding when shared with friends, by the sea, relaxed and free!

      xo
      Poppy

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    1. Thank you and glad you dropped by!

      xo
      Poppy

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  34. I love how you sometimes express yourself through poetry and photography. Just beautiful!

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    1. Hi Melanie,

      Thank you, that's very sweet! Popping over to see you now!

      xo
      Poppy

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  35. Gorgeous views and landscapes, Poppy! I love being near the water! Lovely photos! I am joining the meme with me travel blog. http://travelwitheileen.blogspot.com/2013/10/national-parks-closed.html
    Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen! Your many walks around all those gorgeous lakes must be truly inspiring!

      Happy weekend, to you!

      xo
      Poppy

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  36. What a beautiful poem! You should have it published! Thanks for sharing it along with your pictures. It makes me wish I lived near the ocean.

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    1. Hi Elise, so nice to meet you!

      Why, thank you very much! So, you don't live near the ocean, well, let's see where you DO live! I'm on my way for a visit! Thanks for dropping by!

      xo
      Poppy

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  37. aloha poppy,

    loved the words of reflection and your images...that was a fun tour and photo essay

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    1. Aloha Noel,

      Thank you! Hope to link this post to your wonderfully exciting and beautiful Travel Photo Mondays, this Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

      Poppy

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  38. What a lovely poem! And yes, I have spoken with the sea many, many times. I can never stray too far away from it and from the comfort it brings me. I love your blog by the way, it's so colorful and interesting!

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  39. Beautiful scenery and great photos. Nice thoughts.

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  40. It seems like the sounds of the sea draw us all in! Your photos of the shore are beautiful, lovely words and post! Have a happy week, Poppy!

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  41. Looks like a good place to think, by the sea, Poppy. Gorgeous blue skies and water.
    Judith

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  42. Your photos along with the beautiful message are awe inspiring! Thanks for lifting me up tonight my friend!

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  43. I hope you find the answers you are seeking. The images of the sea are powerfully beautiful, Poppy.

    -Karen

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  44. Thoughtful post and wow, the pictures are amazing. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  45. I'm so behind in reading everyone's post! This is fantastic -- I am an ocean lover, and I have done lots of deep thinking while gazing at it, or walking along the shoreline. Somehow, it always makes me see things more clearly. Lovely words, beautiful photos, Poppy!

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  46. This is very thoughtful and poetic! Lovely photos! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  47. Wonderful sunny photos!Yes I always talk to the sea!AriadnefromGreece!

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  48. How well you've brought about the never ending mystery of Nature reflected in the seas and oceans... love the expressions 'liquid glass', ' hydro hieroglyphics' and 'aquatic cave'......beautiful Poppy :)

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  49. The waves have much wisdom and are a perfect listener.

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  50. Oh I have to love those sudsy greetings.. the sea is a great companion..

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  51. hydro heiroglyphics....smiles....i like that...i rather love the ocean
    and i def go to listen to its rhythm because it will teach you much of life....
    lovely pics....

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  52. OK, it looks like you are linking this one, so I will delete the other link...smiles.

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  53. love the sky blue and the ocean wide,
    beautiful imagery...

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  54. The words and pictures are fabulous!
    ZQ

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  55. This is lovely and serene--you live in a beautiful place I think!

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  56. I enjoyed how your words rolled with the the waves of each picture. Beautiful words and imagery.

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  57. Beautiful images, and I appreciate your rhyme scheme.

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  58. Yes, my soul belongs to the sea and when I am away from the sound of its voice, I mourn. Loved this, and your photos are superb!

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  59. "Hydro hieroglyphics"---this is something fresh & i liked it. Your photographs are a comfort to watch matched with lovely words. Thanks for sharing them.

    - ksm

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  60. beautiful imagery in words and photography… the sea calls out to us whether we are near or far, it's pull controls the moon and our moods flow in and out with it.

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  61. OMG...I enjoyed these photos as well as words about wisdom of waves and messages, splashed and engraved in sand....freeing page it is! Thank you!

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  62. A beautiful combination of words and images, That sure is a wonderful stretch of ocean!

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  63. far distance and ocean view, that make your post very eye opening.

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  64. The words and pictures took me back to the beach.

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