The Ocean

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student

The only thing that moves anymore is the ocean. And the trees move when the wind blows them and the deer move as they scamper across the meadow. We humans have put a stop to our world, our way of life, but nature has never stopped. It has been destroyed, and polluted, and built on, but even the all-mighty human race can’t control when the sun shines or when the wind blows. So I watch as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. I follow the moon as it walks across the night sky. The sun and the moon are the only things I can rely on at this point. Even the ocean looks different every day. There is no way to predict the currents or the height of the waves. But the sun follows the same pattern. Every day the sunset moves a little bit north. That is one of the things I have noticed. When we arrived, the sun disappeared on the horizon just to the left of this cluster of trees in our view. Then, the path the sun took caused it to hide behind the trees as it set for a few weeks, moving a little to the north every day. And we have been up here for so long that the sunset has now passed the trees and we can see it fall to the other side of the world again. The sunset is predictable. Even the ocean, with its constant movement, is predictable. I know that every time I look out of my window, the ocean will always be there. Even in a time when everything seems up in the air and no one knows when things will be right again, the ocean will always be there. Nature keeps us centered. It can be a source of peace. But only if you let it. 

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