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My name is Andy Harley. I'm 28 years-old and live
in Frederick, MD.
As my tiny tribute to surfing and also a small
dedication to your fantastic site, I would like to share with
you a poem that I've written entitled, "Rag-Dolled By A Wave".
BY A WAVE
These wind-capped waves
are bone-crushing monsters,
And I'm pickin' up bad vibrations.
With white plumes of spray all over the place,
There are some serious limitations.
In the one brief moment
that I turn,
With my back facing towards the beating sun;
I faintly hear someone shout out to me,
"Hey now, watch out, run!"
As I spin around to see
what I'm in for,
I'm stuck standing there all alone;
At the mercy of the ocean I now find myself,
Smack in the middle of impact zone.
A gargantuan, dark green
wall of water,
That in a way, was somewhat unforeseen;
Has now swallowed me up inside of it,
And it's like being in a washing machine.
Not a single sense of
direction do I have?
Tossing and tumbling in the salty black;
Dragging the bottom of the coarse ocean floor,
It feels like sandpaper's being rubbed down my back.
Hurling me all the way
A circle of beach bunnies has witnessed the whole thing.
Sitting on some crushed coral and sea foam,
The saltwater's made my clouded eyes sting.
Getting up now, I'm just
a little bit embarrassed,
As wet sand falls off me in chunks;
Very tactfully, I pick the tiny shards of shells,
Out of my crumpled up baggie trunks.
As my bright board slithers
down the shore
It's a bummer that I have to go chase it again.
Next time though, I shall shoot the pier,
And hopefully be able to Hang Ten?
I was given the wonderful opportunity of having
my book of 62 poems, Till The Dreaming's Done: "Poems Crafted
For Thinking People" (ISBN 1-4137-8232-9) published this year,
and this is actually one of the poems that can be found in my
I was wondering if you would ever maybe consider
posting my poem somewhere......anywhere...on www.surfcrazy.com?
It would be an absolute honor for me to share just this 1 thing
of mine, with a whole plethora of surfers strewn throughout
this great big world of ours. If you would possibly consider
doing this for me, I would be forever grateful.
I very much appreciate you taking the time though
in reading this message and also sincerely hope that you enjoyed
my poem. I look forward to your response and wish you a wonderful
PS - When emailing me back, would you please Cc.
the AOL address above? Thanks a lot!