A Poem of Poetic Paddling: Maritime Energy

Updated on July 30, 2020
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Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short story writer who lives in Southern California. He writes about a variety of topics.

Paddling in the Pacific
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Paddleboarding: Poetry in Motion

Paddleboarding is poetry in motion. It starts with skill, then becomes an art form, a meditation, an existential journey on a wooden or fiberglass vessel across oceans, marinas, and lakes.

It takes balance, plenty of core work, and upper body strength. Since the sea is so unpredictable, it's best not to venture out there alone, unless you are a seasoned veteran.

Once upright, the paddler needs to look straight ahead to keep the board from veering off. With knees slightly bent, feet hip-width apart, the paddle will switch hands as needed, creating an easy flowing rhythmic motion, gliding across the water's surface to destinations unknown.

Please enjoy "Maritime Energy" and watch the video poem.


Maritime Energy, by Mark Tulin

Paddling straight ahead

single-mindedly

I slide into a billowing cloud

of ocean turbulence

not sure what I’ll find

exploring daylight

in the breath of morning’s

beast, where two pelican

silhouettes

drift along

the lonely surf

I move in chugging

sweeping rhythms

arms pushing

into the earth’s

resistance

Each side

I tend equally

digging into

the maritime energy

I glide gracefully

letting the tide

do its magic

as I maintain

my balance

continue my flow

staying upright

and on course

in the seafaring brine

of the misty

mysterious.

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    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      7 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks,Genna. Much appreciated.

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      Genna East 

      7 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I do so love the ocean, and this poem.

      "exploring daylight

      in the breath of morning’s

      beast, where two pelican

      silhouettes

      drift along

      the lonely surf..."

      Gorgeous writing, Mark, that exists both above and below the surface. And what a striking video. :-)

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      12 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Shauna, I’m so glad the poem lights up your senses. Have a safe rest of the summer.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      12 days ago from Central Florida

      Mark, this is such a soothing poem. I love your water-themed poetry. I can smell the salt air, feel the breeze and the freedom of soul as you glide across the water. The video is beautifully choreographed. I love the boats in the background. They add to the serenity of your morning rapture.

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      Mark Tulin 

      13 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee. I’m glad you liked it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 days ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Loved your poem and thank you for taking me on the water.

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      Mark Tulin 

      13 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you for your lovely thoughts, Maya.

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      Maya Ellenson 

      13 days ago from Hobe Sound, Florida

      Mark, I loved your poem for its rhythm and pulsing undercurrents. Beautiful words with even more beauty and depth lying between the lines.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Ankita.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Yes, Miebakagh, I will surely check out your water stories.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Yes, Flourish. It takes great concentration to navigate the seas.

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      Ankita B 

      2 weeks ago

      Wonderful poem with beautiful descriptions of paddleboarding. It was a nice read.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Mark, yes, my home town is washed by the Atlantics, and our primariy means of living-depends on the water. I have told at least three related stories here. More to come later. Thanks feedback.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Mark, yes, my home town is washed by the Atlantics, and our primariy means of living-depends on the water. I have told at least three related stories here. More to come later. Thanks feedback.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Nice poem. I could feel the focus and intensity as one tries to stay upright, afloat, move forward or backward, and be aware of the surroundings all at once

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      You’re welcome, John. Happy canoeing.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Paddleboarding sounds like the perfect way to combine exercise with relaxation/meditation. I haven’t tried it but love canoeing. Great poem Mark, and always love your reading. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      I’m happy that the poem stirred some pleasant memories for you, Jason. Much peace and health.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      2 weeks ago from AZ

      I always loved being out on the water. When I lived in MA, I would often go fishing at the lake with my friends. We would use a small rowboat and row out to the best areas to catch fish. Your poem brought back good memories of better times. Beautiful write. Vividly described. Very enjoyable read. Nice job!

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Miebakagh, I’m sure you have your own river stories to tell.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Mark, I'm a riverine dweller and. I do know for sure how it relates. I enjoy the read. Much thanks.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Lorna. Never tried wind sailing or hang gliding. I’m sure both are equally surreal.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 weeks ago

      It sounds very peaceful Mark. I have tried wind sailing which is fun, once you get the hang of it. Your poem has a surreal feel to it which I enjoyed.

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