The Symphony of Life


The sea whispers in the distance, its waves telling tales of where it has been, all it has seen; our history crowding its every note.

Listen as the waves hiss toward the shore, each one inching forward a little more before crashing with a shoosh, raising a subtle rustle as sand shifts and smashed specks of shell swoop and rollick in salt water, sinking to silence as stillness momentarily descends, ready for the next wave to skiffle them again.

Seagulls circle, searching for fish, their racket rising to a crescendo, then calming from screech to squawk when they spot a shoal.

Listen to the Beach balls bounce as mothers squirt and slather sunscreen. Small feet splash in little land-locked lakes, young throats vibrate with laughter and high-pitched screams until ice cream time arrives, accompanied yummy hums and dripping, slurpy licks.

Listen to the beach orchestra as it plays its holiday symphony.

Somewhere, in a far away forest, cheeky breezes tickle tunes from the leaves of trees; a startled stag crashes through bracken; small creatures scratch and creep; rain taps on all it can reach; branches creak; a distant storm rumbles and cracks, but this equally complex piece can be replayed some other day.


Written for The Daily Post #Symphony

©Jane Paterson Basil

19 thoughts on “The Symphony of Life

  1. Like yourself and many others, I love the ocean. The smells, the sounds of crashing waters and the life it produces. All oceans are connected. They are called different names but they all are connected, the same sea. Then we have this flooding into the ocean … Just one of many pages about our last catastrophe of disaster with nuclear power. I do not care how many apologists twitter on about how efficient it is. I would rather have coal fired than nuclear. Just one accident is all it takes and the ocean is polluted for the next 100,000 years. No matter how much volume, there is it is still finite. It connects to the fresh water tables.
    It seems to be just a matter of time …

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    1. Nuclear power is insanity. Even when nothing ‘goes wrong’ those reactors are polluting our planet. Apart from the nuclear waste issue, in the UK, the incidence of Leukemia (for example) is far higher in the vicinity of nuclear reactors than in other parts of the country. I had a friend who campaigned for years to get the Hinkley Point nuclear plant closed down, until he got scared and moved away. He was diagnosed with leukemia after he moved,so he’s not included in the statistics. He took his life in Dignitas once his health became unmanageable. Hinkley point opened in 1976, and is due to close down in 2023. It’s not soon enough. As you said, it’s just a matter of time. The Pacific Ocean is irreversably polluted by the accident at Fukushima, but I believe it had already been used for testing nuclear bombs in the last century.


      1. Without any doubt, my dear. A complete and utter failure of irrational minds, fouling our nests. The bombs however are one thing. Not a small thing either. The meltdown of three reactors, something else. The amount of radiation flowing into the ocean Pacific and others by extension, since 2011 is mind boggling. Then there is the groundwater. Once the radiation has penetrated the groundwater, we are … well, imagine Bubba in the prison shower? Completely! Thanks, I concur! Cheers Jamie

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