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In Memoriam

My beach days are in sabbatical.

Im reposting this in memory of my beach-bumming days in the majestic shores of the Phils.

Here in Dubai, they simply pale in comparison. I miss home.

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The ocean calms me. Even as i sit here in front of a computer, the mere utterance of the word “beach” brings back feelings of serenity and silence. The past week i had a dose of that. Not as much as i want, but as the bitter, dampening bit of a saying goes, “everything good has to end”. As i stare at its vastness, i cant help but think how it must be to have such strong command over the things around you, without even trying. I am aware of her power, but the reverence i feel about her has little to do with that.I think the ocean, very much like me, is a mass of contradictions, but of course at a tantamount scale. She is simple and grand at the same time. She cajoles and she commands, lulls and screams, tickles and punches, provides and takes, praises and punishes. But i certainly am not complaining. After all, who am i to question such beauty? As i listen to her love songs and occasional ballads of hate and disgust, i am simply drawn and could not get away. the intoxicating notes make me forget that my skin is getting a massive sunburn, hell, i can even be heat stroking and i doubt if i’ll notice.

As the day comes to a halt, the sun waves goodbye, while giving me a very important message. A promise and a warning: “I’ll see you again tomorrow. Take your sunglasses and sun tan, your book and yourself, and get as far away as possible. surely, you wouldn’t want to be caught in the night with her.Now, scoot.”

The ocean, devoid of the grace of the sun, holds much promise as it does danger. This tells me two things: 1. such grandeur certainly comes not without a catch, and more importantly, 2. her character defines her actions, as with every man or woman, but she does so unrelentingly until she, in her own measurement, is satisfied.

I am thrilled and honored to be her lowly subject.

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