Dangers of Swimming at Night

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.

The Dangers of swimming 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

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Inside looking out.

I think we're safer in hereInside Looking out

Should I stay in here or go out there

Can I walk outside without a care.

Outside I feel I must compete

Battles to fight,  deadlines to meet.

My facade portrays that all is fine

But it’s not the case all of the time.

Sometimes inside I feel amiss

And wonder what’s  the cause for this.

Inside my world  I know I’m safe

Pull up the drawbridge, close the gate.

Forsake the worries and the care

I’ll stay in here, not go out there.

Some days the world can seem a very scary place.  This poem is a little fun piece on how I sometimes just want to hide away from all the pressures of the day.  Can you relate to these feelings?

Hope you enjoy.

The Dangers of Swimming at night

We often have International students stay with us as part of our family.  Peter and I feel it is our responsibility to give them sound advice to protect them whilst they are staying on the beautiful Gold Coast.

All that the students want to do is enjoy our beautiful beaches, swim in the surf and enjoy the exciting Gold Coast night life….. but there are dangers.

Recently when I was going through all the safety rules with our latest student – swim between the flags, don’t swim out too far, don’t swim at night,  don’t’ drink too much, steer away from the shady characters of the night light, watch out for your friends – a dark  surreal image popped into my mind.

For a while I tossed this image around in my mind as subject for a painting, and the more I thought about, it evolved into a dark warning to all dangers of the night!

Of course once I finished painting this image, I had to write a poem to accompany it.  The poem took on the dangers of the dark and asked the reader to imagine the word was like the ocean, deep dark and mysterious, full of beauty and dangers.

Dangers of swimming at night.

The 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 through  the day.

At night, we swim for fun

No fear,  let our 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

Stay in, don’t cross the bar.

Monsters of the deep

Into your world they’ll creep

They slip in under your skin

Too late,  when did it begin?

Inside looking out.

This poem and painting is a reflection of those feelings that we all have at some time.  The desire to hide from the cares and worries of life and retreat to the security of the inner walls of our home.

The painting treats the subject in a light hearted way, my two gold fish are worried about the two hungry cats in the outside world and they have decided that they are safer in their fish bowl.

I think we're safer in hereInside Looking out

Should I stay in here or go out there

Can I walk outside without a care.

Outside I feel I must compete

Battles to fight,  deadlines to meet.

My facade portrays that all is fine

But it’s not the case all of the time.

Sometimes inside I feel amiss

And wonder what’s  the cause for this.

Inside my world  I know I’m safe

Pull up the drawbridge, close the gate.

Forsake the worries and the care

I’ll stay in here, not go out there.

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