The Ocean

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
July/August 2002

By William Ilgen

I stand on the ocean shore,
watching the waves go by.
The sun is going down but I don’t leave.
I will stay out on the ocean shore.

Seagulls fly overhead,
they land down on the beach.
Their far-off cries bid the day good-night.

Out in the sunset I see dolphins
leaping through the waves.
Their turning, jumping transforms
the setting sun into the start of a new day.
They call out to me and I long to join them
in the freedom that is the sea.

Sunset is a dark, purple haze,
recalling everything that is beautiful.
I grab a boogie-board
and float along with the water.
A giant wave comes over me
and I tumble head over heels underwater.
In the sea I am a new creature.
When I return to the surface
I laugh out loud.

I look up and see the first stars.
The sky is becoming black.
It is time for me to be going.
Tomorrow I’ll come back
and watch from the ocean shore.

The Ocean William Ilgen

William Ilgen, 9
Berkeley, California

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