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The wind drowns out the sound of the waves simultaneously as the waves drown out the wind. Calling out in symphony. 
     Their sound guides our thoughts into the horizon, making them never-ending and ever reaching. In the silence our thoughts lose track and purpose. The silence we experience when we think in speech is non-existent. Only as newborn children did we ever hear nothing we could make sense of. When we become literate, we begin creating. When we were younger our thoughts wondered unhinged and uninfluenced. And the children say and think the strangest things. But truly, it’s when we grow older that we gain the power and ability to reach out and make actual those strange things we thought and said as children, so why don’t we?   
     If it wasn’t for the many large and terrifying creatures lingering underneath the ocean surface, the thought of floating away with it consoles the body. Just to be at piece in the heart of something so great and so difficult to divide. Eventually we find land, but there are still so many unmarked territories where we could be alone, in every sense of the word. But we all get tired of swimming in our own indefinite pool of loneliness and contemplation that we seek refuge. Yet there is something calming in the thought of being washed away unknowingly, and not feeling guilty or cheated for not ending up somewhere greater, with more opportunities and with greater purpose. Purpose wouldn’t matter if the world washed you away to your predestined destination. We’d all feel tempted to step back into the waves, but really; who knows how long till we find land again? As soon as our feet dry, we’re ready for another swim. The tide comes and goes. We are no longer tied
     I can imagine. Imagine a land much greater, and with more promise to realise. Realising everyday, every bit as much as I forget. Realise that I love someone; fear to lose them, forget those I hurt and become suddenly aware that more than one fate meets a dreary realisation. The reality in our minds collides with our imagination, and neither one tips the scale. No, they stay in a constant balance, difficult to separate. As quickly as it came, it left. The middle aged washed-up writer sits on dry land watching the waves come in. Will she stay that time? The loud thump of reason in her back always in harmony with her imagination. A truly curious explorer of the road that leads us to the good and bad decisions we make (to put it quite simply). Always with one foot in the water, we search for sense in a monumental blind spot.