I Breathe in the Ocean by Jeff Flesch

is it

so difficult

to grasp

the meaning

of a life

lived upon the

grasslands,

meadows, deserts,

forests, and seas,

which, we see

within

our mirrored

view in contrast?

reflecting

upon

this question

at last…

I

ponder

the feeling

stirred

upon an ocean

of everlasting love,

and grace

seen

within

the beauty

of human capacity

for

understanding,

and,

ability

notwithstanding,

the fear

as it rises

to the surface

of our ensconced,

and dreamy purpose

holding

to this notion,

I breathe

in the ocean,

and let go

of my preoccupation

with

what’s

supposed

to happen,

and focus

instead, on

the brilliance

of life,

presented

to me in this very moment

-JEFF FLESCH

Jeff grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where he works in Educational Leadership. Jeff’s interests and passions include personal and professional development, developing new ways to increase access to higher education, and creating inspiration, transformation, and more equity throughout society. Visit Develop. Inspire. Transform. to read more of his thoughts and writing.

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53 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Jeff’s beautiful words ring a bell in the back of my preoccupied mind. Why the needless contemplation? Life is worthy of being lived in the moment. Is there a more blissful time than now? Breathe in that sense of acceptance and experience the present for it too will be gone. Deep wisdom and lovely inspiration. I can smell the ocean…
    Congratulations Jeff!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Terveen. I am so honored to be a part of MasticadoresIndia!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. LaDonna Remy says:

    Beautiful poem Jeff♥️

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, LaDonna. ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, my friend. 😊

      Like

      1. *Blackladyj9 says:

        You’re welcome . Have an awesome weekend .

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Sadje says:

    Beautiful poem and beautiful message Jeff. Bravo 👏🏽

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Sadje. 🙏

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        It’s always a pleasure to read your poems

        Liked by 1 person

  4. SamSahana says:

    Very inspiring piece, elegant, with a beautiful message! Lovely! 👌💕

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Sam. That means so much to me, my friend. 💙🤗

      Like

  5. I love the push and pull of your verses.
    Lovely work, Jeff!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Patricia! That means a lot to me.🤗

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Hi Jeff, so good to read you once again. As always your theme aligns gorgeously with the beauty of nature. It is definitely a poet’s treasure cove. The ocean is encapsulating. If only eyes can see.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ah! What a lovely comment and compliment, Shobana. I am so grateful. Thank you so much, my friend. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Daphny Aqua says:

    It’s a beautiful piece Jeff, loved it ❣ The image of the ocean, the sky with the amazing poem, its just perfect 👌💖

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Daphny. Means so much to me. ❤❤❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        You’re most welcome Jeff ❣️🌼

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ah! Thank you so much, my friend! 🤗

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Navin says:

    Beautiful poem with wonderful message, dearest Jeff ❤️ ✨

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so very much, dearest Navin. Your support is unwavering and means the world to me. ❤✨

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Navin says:

        It’s my pleasure dearest Jeff ❤️ ✨ 🙏

        Liked by 1 person

  9. eob2 says:

    Congratulations, Jeff. A deep breath and an open mind can do wonders, as always a beautiful breathing poem. 💙🙏🏼🌻🎉😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Elle. Your support is always so meaningful to me. Feeling very grateful. 🙏🎉💙🌼✨🤗

      Liked by 1 person

      1. eob2 says:

        You’re most welcome, my friend. 😊🤗💙🌻💫

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Jeff Flesch says:

          ☺️💙🌷✨

          Liked by 1 person

  10. Congratulations on the publication of this gorgeous and powerful piece!Wonderful imagery. I truly adored this one, my friend.💕

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ah! That is so lovely to know. Thank you so much, dear Grace.❤❤

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Michele Lee says:

    Beautiful lines spring from your pondering, Jeff. ✨ Thank you for your poetic shares and your attention to your craft.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      A lovely comment and compliment on this beautiful morning. Thank you so much, Michele. 💖

      Liked by 1 person

  12. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautifully written Jeff. Very nicely done my dear friend. Hugs and love, Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Ah! A lovely way to end my day. Thank you so much, dearest Joni. Many hugs and much love to you. 🥰❤️

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  13. SelmaMartin says:

    This is lovely, indeed. I breath in the ocean just breathe it. And then take the whole ocean home with me.
    The ocean is more than just a place— it’s a feeling that comes to me … sometimes it comes as a stowaway and lingers long.
    Your poem made me think of those happy moments I cherish. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      This is such a kind and thoughtful comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Selma. I’m so pleased to know that this poem resonated with you, and brought back cherished memories. I too agree that the ocean is much more than a place. 🌊🦋☺️

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Congratulations, Jeff! Your words always have the power to move with the imagery they create. ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you, Punam! That you see my words as so, means a great deal to me, my friend. ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Always my pleasure, Jeff. ❤️

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Susi! ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Susi Bocks says:

        You’re welcome, Jeff! ❤

        Liked by 1 person

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