the waves

A wave is, according to the Oxford Dictionary, a long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the shore. Waves are, in my experience, sound, rhythm and regeneration. They break at our feet, filling our senses and even as they retreat into the depths their next strike looms like a hypnotic whisper:

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end. ―  William Shakespeare

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. ― Saint Augustine

As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world. ― Virginia Woolf

Here on this ring of grass we have sat together, bound by the tremendous power of some inner compulsion. The trees wave, the clouds pass. The time approaches when these soliloquies shall be shared. We shall not always give out a sound like a beaten gong as one sensation strikes and then another. Children, our lives have been gongs striking; clamour and boasting; cries of despair; blows on the nape of the neck in gardens. ― Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Yet there are moments when the walls of the mind grow thin; when nothing is unabsorbed, and I could fancy that we might blow so vast a bubble that the sun might set and rise in it and we might take the blue of midday and the black of midnight and be cast off and escape from here and now. ― Virginia Woolf, The Waves

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