Waves Crashing

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Contributor: Susie Sweetland Garay

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Once while
at the ocean
I was reminded
that in order to
survive and
what I needed
was to stop
clinging so

That I could not
thrive while
I held to
as tightly
as I had
been holding.

I see now that not every
conversation needs
my voice

and I am
to enjoy
the quiet.

I suppose sometimes
We all need to stop
talking and remember
how it feels when a wave
crashes on your skin.

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Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Susan Sweetland Garay received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University, spent some years in the Ohio Appalachians and currently lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband and 2 cats where she works in the vineyard industry. She spends her free time writing, growing plants and making art. She enjoys finding beauty and meaning in the everyday.


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