18 : Sea Sky Star


A star in sky
A star in the sea
You’re everything in-between
     and so much more to me

But in reality
     you don’t float way up in the sky
     nor do you swim in the sea
     you live in-between
     like every other
     mere human being
But your reality
     is that you’ve been through
     so much more than many
     could ever bear to carry
     and so much sooner
     than anyone ever should

And so like many do
A precious layer
You have built
     just like a star in the sea
A calciferous layer
Protects your softer side
The side that shines the brightest
     like all stars in the sky

You’re more than a mere reflection
Of the sky above and the sea below
You’re everything in-between
     and so much more to me


Why I wrote Sea Sky Star:


After reviewing several of the poems I chose to include for your 22nd birthday, I realized that it might seem as though I consider you to be more than what you actually are, or better than anything in the world – but that’s the part of poetry I like to ascribe as realistic fantasy. And yes, I’m very much aware of how contradictory that description is, but I chose that oxymoron because the intense thoughts and emotions are real, whereas the superfluous tales and use of metaphors is fantasized.

I wrote this poem as a gentle reminder for you, as well as myself, to not take my creative thoughts and emotions as overwhelming expectations, while reiterating how the love I feel is unwavering.

You might recall how I previously applied stars as a separate metaphor for you and I in the poem titled Stars, but in this poem I assimilated the sea star and sky star into one subject, but the poem very easily applies to both of us in every way.


How I wrote Sea Sky Star:


A star in sky
A star in the sea
You’re everything in-between
     and so much more to me


Whether stars in the sky, or stars in the sea, the variety of thoughts and ideas that came from the inspiration of stars led me to write a multitude of other tales, poems, and story lines.

The intention I had when writing this poem though, was to refer to you as both stars to express how magnificent you are and how amazing you can be no matter what you choose to be.


But in reality
     you don’t float way up in the sky
     nor do you swim in the sea
     you live in-between
     like every other
     mere human being
But your reality
     is that you’ve been through
     so much more than many
     could ever bear to carry
     and so much sooner
     than anyone ever should


While continuing to refer to you as both stars, this is where I delicately switch back to reality. Bringing both stars back to middle ground was meant to recognize that no matter how many poems and tales I’ve written with you in mind, I very much realize that you’re not the immaculate perfect persona and celestial body or every other metaphor I may have applied towards exercising my poetic endeavors.

The second part takes another turn and theme, but remains realistic as it refers to the struggles you went through at such an early age. Although it may seem completely irrelevant or out of context, the following lines are the reason for including it here.


More on how I wrote Sea Sky Star:


And so like many do
A precious layer
You have built
     just like a star in the sea
A calciferous layer
Protects your softer side
The side that shines the brightest
     like all stars in the sk
y


Influenced by some research I had done on sea stars, where I assimilated their rough exterior to be something resembling a shell, I applied this tough exterior to compare how some individuals create facades or barriers to protect themselves from emotional pain or potential harm.

Although I had you in mind when I wrote this, the fact is that most people develop protective barriers while growing up. Whether to protect oneself from physical harm or emotional pain, it would be nearly impossible to get through life, in the world we live in, while not doing so. This is what the calciferous layer refers to. It’s that protective barrier some people build in order to protect what’s left of the natural loving, caring, gentler side that for some, has unfortunately been damaged due to past or ongoing experiences and circumstances.


You’re more than a mere reflection
Of the sky above and the sea below
You’re everything in-between
     and so much more to me


When writing Sea Sky Star, the variety of realistic topics I wanted to address by applying many figurative themes while simultaneously keeping you in mind as the main subject of the poem, made it difficult to sum up in such a brief format. To explain it in its entirety would take several more pages. It was also much easier and natural for me to write the poem than it was to sort through the multitudinous thoughts that came along while writing these notes.

The poem wraps up just as any note or message I would write for you. It does so by reminding you that no matter what theme or metaphor I write about, if it’s done with you in mind or as the core of the poem, it’s always filled with love. It’s also to let you know that whatever circumstance, event, or situation that has or should occur between us, I have, and will always love you, no matter what.


Drawing from the poem:


Aiming towards the sky when I took this photo, when I looked at it again, I couldn’t help but think how the delicate cloud ruffle resembled a gentle rippling wave.

Of course, the bright light is an obvious factor in determining that this is an image of the sky. But if we were to think along the lines of tales and fantasies, one might wonder, “Is this a star in the sea that’s shining so brightly?”

When preparing the image for Sea Sky Star, I duplicated the photo and joined it together to show the two stars on one line – one on the sea side (bottom left), and one on the sky side (top right).


Thank you for inspiring me to create Sea Sky Star


Sea Sky Star

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