Song of the Week – Patrick Watson – Man Under the Sea – Introducing Barista Alisa – and a response poem – Weight Ocean Weight

I have just finished reading Alan Lightman’s book The Accidental Universe, a very good and respectful discussion that allows space in the world for both science and faith. He divides the book into seven essays to explain different understandings of the universe from all disciplines of science with a respectful reverence for both the technical and the spiritual aspects of our existence: Accidental, Temporary, Spiritual, Symmetrical, Gargantuan, Lawful, and Disembodied. I recommend taking a week to read the book, one chapter a day, and let his thoughts permeate your thinking and creativity. With discipline, time and a safe place to create, each chapter could inspire you to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of your life, our existence in the universe, and how much we should respect the simplest fact that we are alive. Whether you believe an intelligent being created this place or that it is the result of the most miraculous and random alignment of singular circumstances or any variation in between, we should share one thing: AWE. We should share this awe and let our beliefs and faiths guide a fabulous conversation about what matters more: we exist and we will never really, truly know why.

Then, afraid we will be crushed under the weight of this magnificent creation that is utterly unfathomable, create something to buttress our souls upon this planet and in so doing give some tangible, if temporary definition to our common meaningful existence.

Oh, wait, about Patrick Watson’s Man Under the Sea and Alisa, one of two new GDG Baristas… a few weeks back I completed a backcatablog of Alisa’s writing, learning some valuable lessons (best to pick poets with smaller back-catalogs, for instance) on my way to writing the following poem in response to her beautiful writing:

No Ordinary Day

that ordinary day
my ocean died
She took my hand
led me through
my deepest fears
in Her gentle arms
breathing salt air
She whispered tides
no one would notice
they swallowed me
we drank medronho
far from the edge
where fish
offered nourishment
healing and growth
we sank we rose
She washed over me
that clear winter night
when the moon danced
dusted with magic

In some respects this was just a grand version of a found poem, I chose words that appeared within all of her poems that mentioned the ocean and arranged them into something unique and in my own voice. Well, she liked it and posted it on Facebook, where a friend shared this song for her “ocean loving poetry friend.”

I want to write a response and do so with a lesson I took from Lightman’s book all while welcoming Alisa to the Cafe.  Please spend some time with her over at Dusted Words: https://dustedwords.com/2017/06/10/desert-flower/

Weight Ocean Weight

Hiding inside the noise, their music seems an ocean
Weight upon me, and I look to the fishes to teach
The lessons of the songs. Hiding inside the noise
My music an ocean weight inside me looking to teach
Fishes the lessons of songs washed up on the beach.
Hiding inside the noise a quiet song finds stillness
I swim with fishes describe them weight of the ocean.

A few interesting live and video versions of the song:

Man Under the Sea
Lyrics by Patrick Watson

I was hiding underneath the sea here
I was looking out for me
To be a better man, to be a better man

I was hiding underneath the sea
I was looking out for me
Just me, the fish and the sea
Just me, the fish and the sea
Oh ’cause the music was so much louder

Just me, the fish and the sea
Just me, the fish and the sea
Hide from all your apathy

‘Cause I was born a noise machine
Wait I still, I was born again

5 thoughts on “Song of the Week – Patrick Watson – Man Under the Sea – Introducing Barista Alisa – and a response poem – Weight Ocean Weight

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