Lady of the Sea.

I’d rather not be pris’ner to the ground

for in the sea I find my dreams come true.

The feel of gravity so tightly bound;

against all odds we took a dive, and flew.

That’s where you’ll find me, in the depth of sea.

Among the wispy shades of blue and green.

I’m here to think and not to speak; I’m free.

The most beautiful peace I’ve truly seen.

And I will spend all my time day by day,

In a lake or river, even a spring,

perhaps a house overlooking the bay.

The happiness nat’ral beauty can bring.

Sunrise or sunset; in dreams or my mind,

I’ll be one with the sea; love hard to find.

This is an old sonnet that I wrote in 2010. Not much has changed, I’m still in love with the Sea, and somehow that brought me to Duluth, MN.

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Peeks of Memories

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Most students at UMD have spent a night driving along Skyline Parkway enjoying the view, and it is a past time I particularly enjoy. However, sometimes instead of looking at the beautiful lights along the lake bay I like to turn my attention to all of the houses along the road. If you go at the right time of night most families will have a couple lights on in their house and you can catch them eating dinner at the table or catching up on their favorite show on Netflix.

My mom is currently trying to sell my childhood home; it brings back a lot of memories that my little house in Milaca, MN holds. Good and bad memories, significant and insignificant, but all memories that built my family’s life together and made me who I am today.

When I drive on Skyline looking at the houses, I get to peek into these families lives one after another in an instantaneous moment. A moment that they may never remember, or perhaps a moment that will be engraved in their minds forever. Houses absorb these memories as if they are watching us grow, and in my beat up old car I like to imagine all the history that is wrapped up in the house, and the families inside it making their own histories that flash before me as I drive down the road.

I drive on without impacting the oblivious people who’s lives I just crossed paths with for a moment and continue on probably to never meet them again. And in a way this singularity is as beautiful as any view from Skyline could ever be.