The Ocean

Vast and all consuming, the stirring waters carry out their unending cycle across the entire Earth. Like time, the tides rush onto the sandy shores, bringing gifts and promises from the life beyond the surf. The water runs over the sand and smoothes over the pebbles, aging them, whispering volumes of knowledge into their nooks and crannies as it caresses the imperfections and sooths the rough places. Along the shore, a silent chorus of jewels sing out a single perfect chord. Sensing a peaceful dénouement, the tide recedes a touch. The chorus quiets as the tide goes back to its own, bringing a few adventurous pebbles along to experience the infinite opportunities the tide had whispered to them. It recedes. And hears one last mournful note from the shore before it disappears completely.