"When I look at the sea,
there well Sometimes into my mind
Deep thoughts too dear to tell
In words too hard to find,
I stand on the shore and stare,
But the deeps that are the sea
Speak not of deeps out there,
But of the deeps in me.
Then the sea may break on my ear
And tumble and toss in my eyes,
But the deeps I see and hear
Did not on this shore rise"
- James Dillet Freeman, His poem 'By The Sea'
James Dillet Freeman (1912 - 2003) is my favorite writer. His poems are just something else. Hauntingly passionate, deep, meaningful verse on subjects that matter to us as we proceed down our life's path.
His poem "I Am There" is his most famous work, and it deserves to be. He has many other famous poems. My favorite is the poem I gave you all a few days ago "Following My Heart". It talks of the unused talent in us all and he says "Something affirms that I am meant for more, and so I have to see if somehow I can fly" and "Whatever now I seem to be, yet more is to be found in me". That verse very simply summarizes the Journey that I am on.
Of course James has many other famous poems. His poem 'The Traveller" has been recited at more than a million funerals. Tomorrow I will explain the significance of the verse and share the poem with you.
James also has the distinction of being the only writer in history to have two of his famous works taken to the moon (on microfilm). Buzz Aldrin took James 'Prayer Of Protection' to the moon on the historic moon walk flight, and Colonel B. Irwin took the 1947 poem "I Am There" to the moon on Apollo 15. He left a copy on the moon's surface. How cooool an honor is that, huh?
See , have a read of the poem above again. Read it slowly. Read every word. Then use your empathy to put yourself in my position at the time. Understand my aloneness, my desperate plight, my torture. But then read Jame's verse. I didn't know James Dillet Freeman's work at that time. Funny, you know, HE KNEW MINE! (He died in 2003)
........... BY THE SEA..........