THE OCEAN - Dar Williams Poems

 
 

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THE OCEAN
When I went to your town on the wide open shore,
Oh, I must confess, I was drawn, I was drawn to the ocean.
      I thought it spoke to me.
It said, "Look at us: we're not churches, not schools,
      Not skating ponds, swimming pools,
But we've lost people, haven't we though?"
Oh, that's what the ocean can know of a body,
And that's when I came back to town.
This town is a song about you.
You don't know how lucky you are.
You don't know how much I adore you.
You are a welcoming back from the ocean.

I went back to the ocean today,
With my books and my papers, I went to the rocks by the ocean.
      But the weather changed quickly.
The ocean said, "What are you trying to find?
      I don't care, I'm not kind,
I have bludgeoned your sailors, I have spat out their keepsakes.
Oh, it's ashes to ashes, but always the ocean."
But the ocean can't come to this town.
This town is a song about you.
You don't know how lucky you are.
You don't know how much I adore you.
You are a welcoming back from the ocean.

For the ones that can know you so well
Are the ones that can swallow you whole.
I have a good, and I have an evil.
I thought the ocean, the ocean thought nothing.
You are a welcoming back from the ocean.

I didn't go back today.
I wanted to show you that I was more land than water.
      I went to pick flowers.
Oh, I brought them to you "Look at me, look at them,
      With their salt up the stem."
But you frowned, and I smiled, as I tried to arrange them.
You said, "Let me tell you the song of this town."
You said, "Everything closes at five.
After that, well, you've just got the bars.
You don't know how precious you are,
Walking around with your little shoes dangling.
I am the one who lives with the ocean.
It's where we came from, you know,
And sometimes, I just want to go back.
After a day, we'll drink till we're drowning,
Walk to the ocean, wade in in our work boots,
Wade in our work boots, try to finish the job.
You don't know how precious you are.
I am the one who lives with the ocean.
You don't know how I am the one.
You don't know how I am the one.

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