John Marsden Writing Topic #521
Spend five minutes writing about the ocean, then repeat without using any of the words you used in the first piece**
Where ships sail, find their way,
where another world lives beneath,
where birds find food
people cool relief.
Looking at Ocean
in front of me now
is an oasis—beautiful, tempting
but its temptation can become tragedy,
Speaking by personal experience
haven’t been tempted since.
Ocean—used for relaxation,
help people study, sleep,
Divides itself by land—
ironically brings people together.
However no-one can stay in forever
but they’ll come back another day.
Ocean’s always around.
My relationship with this water–
a little up and down.
When I first moved to the coast
away from the country,
I couldn’t wait to spend my time there
walking on the soft sand
and floating on the waves like I’m flying.
I never liked it when the waves
would play jokes.
I rashly broke up with the water
during my second year on the coast
when it took my friend away.
Throughout the years I’ve walked alongside it,
trying to make it jealous.
I’ve wondered whether I’ve made the right decision,
whether to give this water a second chance.
I’m still trying to decide,
maybe If I wasn’t alone
I might finally dip my toes,
my body to follow.
Or maybe like all break-ups,
I’ll eventually let go and move on.
**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.