Prompt: Murmurs

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

Please help me finish this poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme, and I will add your entry to this post with your blog link and avatar name.

And please try to keep your entry under 12 lines (not including the first two).

If you like an entry, please like it on the writer’s blog as well.  If there are writers who don’t have their entries posted on their blog, please check out some of their other posts. 🙂

I look forward to reading all of your creative responses! 
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Blog: PhotoBlography

The ocean murmurs to the beach
and all the grains of sand

Tall waves remain just out of reach
still I stretch out my hand
Life still had so much more to teach
before I left this land

  – kagould17
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Blog: David Redpath

The ocean murmurs to the beach
and all the grains of sand

saying, “I’ve held each
and every one of you
in the palm of my hand.
Moulding, shaping, you all
into something so small,
yet a part of something grand”.

  – David Redpath
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Blog: The Bear Shirt

The Rage of Love

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

Rejoice to feel its gentle touch
Caressing peaceful land

The ocean rages in the storm
Waves crash against the cliffs
The cliffs stand strong through thousand blows
Though sometimes boulders slip

The ocean ebbs and flows within
The confines of my soul
Sometimes storm, and sometimes peace
To help me learn and grow

My body shapes and channels all
The salty, bitter flood
Like sand or cliff enjoy or stand
Against the rage of love.

  – berserkerthoughts
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Blog: Our World Legends

The Ocean Murmurs To The Beach
And All The Grains Of Sand.

Let’s Meet, Where Water Kisses Land.
Let’s Meet, Like Lovers Hand In Hand.

Where Sky, Horizon So Meet and Mix.
Where Nature So Proudly Shows.
All Her Tricks.
Let’s Meet.

  – Shirobanryu
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Blog: Abundantly Distracted

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand.


The whispers of the souls
Caught upon this land.

Seeking, begging, pleading
For another chance.

A chance to do what is right
Knowing when to take a stand.

Now forever lost
If only they had known the final cost.

  – kstites
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Blog: Fire Thief Poetry

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

Dance in ecstasy
Under the pressure
Of an invisible hand,
Torn by desire
And heavy compassion
While the hot coal
Of underwater heat
Leaves a blister
On the white band
Of land.

  – voleurdefeupoesie
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Blog: Rethinking Life

The ocean murmurs to the beach
and all the grains of sand

lean forward
longing to be swept away

  – Gigi
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Blog: Embracing Awkwardness

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

A warm gentle bliss
Rushes over flowing blemishes
Birds gliding high up in unclear skies
Darkening from raising grains of sand
Thunderheads are approaching
A self-proclaimed weather expert,
Had it all wrong
Tarnishing lives,
meant to celebrate.

  – Joseph
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Blog: Whispers of the Universe

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand
The Myrmidons are born in breach
By the Sky Father’s hand
Ant men sing to the waves
Imitating Song of the Deeper
They follow Achilles to their graves
They know they set sail to Hades’ Keep
For the sea shells tell them so

  – whenmarsmetsaturn
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Blog: Blue Parrot Creative Writing

The ocean murmurs to the shore
And all the grains of sand

Twinkle and turn in the azure drift
Cleansed in the soothing flow.
A shell all twists and turns floats by
And lands on the shifting grains
While seabirds fight for the snack it hids
Fighting with beak and claw.
And the ocean murmurs an endless song,
Shushing and soothing the sore
Of heart who stand in the silken flow
While sand trickles in between sun kissed toes
And slips to the depths below.

  –  Nina Gerber
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Blog:  NobbinBlog

Waves

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

I crumble as the waves reach
Where you scribed your love by hand

Two sets of footprints have become one
The other’s were consumed by waves

I walk alone by the fading sun
I cherish the diminishing rays

You slipped through my hand
Now, you’re out of my reach

My feet sink into the wet sand
As I murmur to the ocean from the beach

  – Nobbinmaug
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Blog:  NobbinBlog

Uprising

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

The sea issued a brief speech
“King Octopus has sent the command

I’m spreading as far as I can reach
Creatures of the sea are taking the land

Sea lions have done reconnaissance
Crabs have done a thorough canvas

We have complete reports from dolphins
I’m spreading wherever land is

It was all water once, that’s all we’ve wanted since
The whole world’s about to be Atlantis

  – Nobbinmaug
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Blog: Sharing Beautiful Ideas

The ocean murmurs to the shore
and all the grains of sand

look and shine beautiful,
it gathers my attention mindful

  – Prasanta
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Blog: OwnShadow

The ocean murmurs to the shore
And all the grains of sand

Well, I guess I’m paranoid
but at least I’m getting tanned.

  – ownshadow
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Blog: How Hope Was Lost

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

Sing back memories of mountains past
An embrace of the flowing of time
The ocean who has known all
But cannot remember is pressed back by the chorus
Until it reaches again to the edge of the beach
Questioning the sand once again

  – howhopewaslost
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Blog:  Dialectics

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand

A song long forgotten throughout the lands
Beckoning all to join it, in its eternal dance
Rhythmic and subtle accompanied by the breeze
Calming motions setting all at ease
The murmurs of the ocean, forever there perpetual
Now and ever more

  – Dante
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Blog:  leoladurant.com

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand
I’m sorry for soiling you
But the blame should lie with man.

Because of sin the earth was cursed
Now I, the ocean is impure
Some now seek to clean and save me
But alas, it’s too late I’m sure.

  – mycreatorscreation
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Blog:  Tournesol dans un Jardin

Day’s End

The ocean murmurs to the beach
And all the grains of sand


giggling with sheer delight

dancing with a gentle breeze

hear the horns and bells echo
fishing boats docking with ease

seagulls standing still… stoic 
on the soggy darkened beach

rapt in wonder… oh, setting star!
orange, pinks and reds afar

blending into amethyst
gentle splash of rolling waves

hoot of an owl, telling time
islanders all heading home

  – Cheryl-Lynn
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Blog:  Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

The Rhythm

The ocean murmurs to the beach
and all the grains of sand
of each tide’s potent transience,
listen; silt and shingle understand
time tumbling through liquid hands,
shipping news, travel plans,
lost civilizations
and
then that next great, ingulfing wave expands beyond where you think it should,
globes in grains, mumbles in wombs
as rockpools are replenished,
covered footprints in the dunes
and yet sea and strand remember us
as ocean mutters to its returning land.

  – Antonia Sara Zenkevitch
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73 thoughts on “Prompt: Murmurs

  1. tall waves remain just out of reach
    still I stretch out my hand
    Life still had so much more to teach
    before I left this land

    1. Very nice indeed! I can’t believe you wrote this within minutes of the challenge being posted. Incredible. 🙂

    2. love the imagery of reaching out your hand to the waves.

  2. saying, “I’ve held each
    and every one of you
    in the palm of my hand.
    Moulding, shaping, you all
    into something so small,
    yet a part of something grand”.

    1. What a beautiful message. Thank you for such a lovely response.

    2. succinct and beautiful; this introduced me to your blog

  3. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    Rejoice to feel its gentle touch
    Caressing peaceful land

    The ocean rages in the storm
    Waves crash against the cliffs
    The cliffs stand strong through thousand blows
    Though sometimes boulders slip

    The ocean ebbs and flows within
    The confines of my soul
    Sometimes storm, and sometimes peace
    To help me learn and grow

    My body shapes and channels all
    The salty, bitter flood
    Like sand or cliff enjoy or stand
    Against the rage of love.

    I know its too many lines. This is how my mind and heart talk to each other though, so I stand by it 😀

    1. No, it is absolutely perfect the way it is. The way your mind and heart talk to each other is remarkable. Amazing.

  4. Hi. Thanks for the Invite. Great Idea. Here’s The i, Shiro Contribution. Take Care.

    The Ocean Murmurs To The Beach
    And All The Grains Of Sand.
    Let’s Meet, Where Water Kisses Land.
    Let’s Meet, Like Lovers Hand In Hand.

    Where Sky, Horizon So Meet and Mix.
    Where Nature So Proudly Shows.
    All Her Tricks.
    Let’s Meet.

    1. Very romantic. A really lovely response. 🙂

  5. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand.

    The whispers of the souls
    Caught upon this land.

    Seeking, begging, pleading
    For another chance.

    A chance to do what is right
    Knowing when to take a stand.

    Now forever lost
    If only they had known the final cost.

    1. Haunting in its melancholy. Great response! 🙂

  6. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    Dance in ecstasy
    Under the pressure
    Of an invisible hand,
    Torn by desire
    And heavy compassion
    While the hot coal
    Of underwater heat
    Leaves a blister
    On the white band
    Of land.

    1. Love the imagery and passion. Thank you for your wonderful response! 🙂

  7. Thank you for this challenge. A True spirit vivifier. Take care.

  8. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    and all the grains of sand
    lean forward
    longing to be swept away

    1. Such sweet longing. Love it. 🙂

      1. 🙂 They are tied together, each one longing for the other. But different enough to never really be one in the way they wish to be. That’s what your first two lines made me think of immediately.

  9. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    A warm gentle bliss
    Rushes over flowing blemishes
    Birds gliding high up in unclear skies
    Darkening from raising grains of sand
    Thunderheads are approaching
    A self-proclaimed weather expert,
    Had it all wrong
    Tarnishing lives, meant to celebrate.

    Sorry, it’s a bit dark, but hey, stay awesome. And thanks

    1. Dark or light, there is beauty in both, like there is beauty in your poem. Wonderful response.

      I tried to link your blog to your entry but couldn’t find an active blog. Do you have a blog that you would like linked?

      1. Yes please: https://bocc.live It’s titled Embracing Awkwardness. Thanks again, lots

  10. Beautiful collection. All writings are so beautifully put

  11. whenmarsmetsaturn December 27, 2018 — 3:56 am

    The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    The Myrmidons are born in breach
    By the Sky Father’s hand
    Ant men sing to the waves
    Imitating Song of the Deeper
    They follow Achilles to their graves
    They know they set sail to Hades’ Keep
    For the sea shells tell them so

    1. I love how you spin Greek mythology into your words. I did indeed hear a whisper of the universe from your poem. 🙂

      1. whenmarsmetsaturn December 27, 2018 — 4:55 am

        Thank you very much. This was a wonderful prompt. 🙂

        1. I’m glad you had fun with it. 🙂

  12. The ocean murmurs to the shore
    And all the grains of sand
    Twinkle and turn in the azure drift
    Cleansed in the soothing flow.
    A shell all twists and turns floats by
    And lands on the shifting grains
    While seabirds fight for the snack it hides
    Fighting with beak and claw.
    And the ocean murmurs an endless song,
    Shushing and soothing the sore
    Of heart who stand in the silken flow
    While sand trickles in between sun kissed toes
    And slips to the depths below.

    1. Wow absolutely love the imagery! Thank you so much for your beautiful response. 🙂

      1. Blue Parrot Creative Writing Cubby.

      2. Thank you it was a picturesque prompt 🙂

    2. Do you have an active blog link that I could use?

  13. Waves

    The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    I crumble as the waves reach
    Where you scribed your love by hand
    Two sets of footprints have become one
    The other’s were consumed by waves
    I walk alone by the fading sun
    I cherish the diminishing rays
    You slipped through my hand
    Now, you’re out of my reach
    My feet sink into the wet sand
    As I murmur to the ocean from the beach

    1. Love how you are murmuring back to the ocean. Mind if I add both of your entries to the challenge post?

      1. Thank you. If you so desire, please do. I definitely take that as a compliment.

  14. I’ve been travelling but I’m going to make sure I at least add this to my first lines list to do later. I enjoyed your finished version. 🙂

    1. Oh no, I don’t want my prompts to become homework lol! But I can’t wait to read your response! 🙂

      1. Ha! It’s not homework at all. I liked the prompt but just haven’t had time to do it.

  15. The ocean murmurs to the beach,
    and all the grains of sand
    look and shine beautiful,
    it gathers my attention mindful

    1. Mindfulness is always beautiful. Thank you for your lovely response. 🙂

  16. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand.
    Well, I guess I’m paranoid
    but at least I’m getting tanned.

    1. Haha a nice tan can look healthy! 🙂

  17. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    Sing back memories of mountains past
    An embrace of the flowing of time
    The ocean who has known all
    But cannot remember is pressed back by the chorus
    Until it reaches again to the edge of the beach
    Questioning the sand once again

    1. This is really lovely. Love the memories and point of view.

  18. The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand…
    A song long forgotten throughout the lands
    Beckoning all to join it, in its eternal dance
    Rythmic and subtle accompanied by the breeze
    Calming motions setting all at ease
    The murmurs of the ocean, forever there pepertual
    Now and ever more

    1. What a lovely song. Beautifully written. 🙂

  19. Blog:
    leoladurant.com

    The ocean murmurs to the beach
    And all the grains of sand
    I’m sorry for soiling you
    But the blame should lie with man.

    Because of sin the earth was cursed
    Now I, the ocean is impure
    Some now seek to clean and save me
    But alas, it’s too late I’m sure.

    1. So true and so sad. Thank you for these honest words.

      1. Thank you Cubby…this is a fun thing to do, getting two lines of a poem and having to finish the rest….awesome idea.

        1. I am really happy you had fun with it! 🙂

  20. The Rhythm

    The ocean murmurs to the beach
    and all the grains of sand
    of each tide’s potent transience,
    listen; silt and shingle understand
    time tumbling through liquid hands,
    shipping news, travel plans,
    lost civilizations
    and
    then that next great, ingulfing wave expands beyond where you think it should,
    globes in grains, mumbles in wombs
    as rockpools are replenished,
    covered footprints in the dunes
    and yet sea and strand remember us
    as ocean mutters to its returning land.

    Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

    1. Love the imagery in this piece. This is beautiful. 🙂

      1. Thanks for the inspiring beginning. Congratulations on your first children’s book btw

        1. Thank you! I’m trying to squeeze in blogging time every chance I get, but it’s not easy hehe. 🙂

          1. You’re doing well, don’t worry, but I hope you take the time you need. Like so many others, I’m gleefully working through your challenges, (and creating a few of my own) but don’t expect immediate responses.

            1. I think your enthusiasm for the challenges is fantastic. 🙂

          2. PS. your comments are always great; you have a way of tuning in to different poet’s intentions, and you have a way with words in your own work.

            1. That’s very kind of you to say. I can be embarrassingly wrong when it comes to the work of others, in which case I back pedal, back pedal, back pedal. 🙂

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