I live by the ocean and the inspiration for this poem and painting was an article in the local paper about a tourist to the Gold Coast who went swimming late one night after a celebratory night-out in Surfers Paradise.
It is important to always respect the ocean both during the day and at night.
Dangers of swimming at night.
An ocean is a world of its own
A mystery, an unknown zone
Wonder at its undiscovered depths
Respect and love its strength.
The ocean gives , the ocean takes
Upon shores its endless waves break
We sail upon, we fish, we play
Sun shines on blue throughout the day.
At night, we swim for fun
No fear, let inhibitions run
Who cares what lurks beneath,
Way down, down in the deep.
However danger goes before.
Check who’s watching the shore
Swim in close don’t go too far