Wondering Wednesdays – the trough of a wave

Waves crashing on the beach

I love both the sea and poetry and today’s blog combines the two! The poet, Judy Brown, comments about this work that it helps us know ‘how to be with time when things are very difficult with us’ (from video linked below).

Many of us are finding life difficult at the moment and I had a challenge this week which threw me a little and I find comfort in different sorts of writing but poetry sometimes evokes a deeper reaction in me. I keep thinking I want to swim more – I loved it as a child but often end up walking by the sea rather than swimming in it but perhaps I need to try out this poem in real life!


There is a trough in waves,

a low spot

where horizon disappears

and only sky

and water are our company.

And there we lose our way


we rest, knowing the wave will bring us

to its crest again.

There we may drown

if we let fear

hold us within its grip and shake us

side to side,

and leave us flailing, torn, disoriented.

But is we rest there

in the trough,

in silence,

being with

the low part of the wave,


our energy and

noticing the shape of things,

the flow,

then time alone

will bring us to another


where we can see

horizon, see the land again,

regain our sense

of where

we are,

and where we need to swim.

This is a link to the poet reading it herself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuHbwnw9B8M

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