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Dear Ocean

a poem written by Dr. Jack Hyles

Dear ocean, you are so deep
You hold within you the unknown
Mysterious things inside you sleep
The half of you cannot be shown

People do not understand you
They can’t find the wonders you hide
Unless they take time to sink in you
And cause your privacy to be denied

Many creatures survive inside you
That my eyes have not seen before
You must long to share the life in you
But we only see what’s washed ashore

People swim in your shallow water
But to your depths they dare not go
They feel danger and insecurity
Fearing things of which they don’t know

And ocean, I think you are crying
Though you cover your tears never shown
And ocean, I think you’re as lonely
As the loner walking your shore alone

But ocean I think you have found one
Who can comprehend how you feel
This poet who beholds your glory
Writes of things that she knows are real

For Ocean, I too am deep
I hold within me the unknown
Mysterious things inside me sleep
The half of me cannot be shown

People do not understand me
They can’t find the wonders I hide
Unless they take time to know me
And cause my privacy to be denied

Many thoughts flourish inside me
That my friends have not known before
I long to share the life in me
But I share basic things and no more

Poole swim in my shallow water
But to my depths they dare not go
So I hurt and I love all alone
And my feelings I rarely do show

And ocean, I too am crying
Though I cover my tears like your own
And ocean, I too am as lonely
As the loner walking your shore alone

But ocean, I think that all men
Deep inside have feelings like mine
That cannot be revealed or explained
In any degree of time

And I guess that we need not be lonely
And I guess that we need not cry
For the deeper our feelings lie buried
The more often our God draweth nigh

And ocean, I think God gave all men
A depth which only he can. know
Jo when we are so lonely and broken
He’ll Bc the one to which we must go.

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