The Sea (La Mer)
written by Elizabeth-Jeanne Bani
In the beginning there was only water and no dry land.
The dark kingdom of water had no limit, no end.
The mighty liquid mountains with restless billows of incredible height
Were rising from the deep and reaching for the sky.
God said, “Let the dry land be.”
Water came together and God called it “Sea.”
Gathering the radiation of solar light,
Sea supports Earth and aquatic life.
The flowing ocean currents moderate the climate,
Heat the land in winter and cool the land in summer.
The magnificent ocean glow
Extends several miles at night.
The brightness of luminescent flow
Turns darkness into light.
I think of the goodness of the sea,
Her wisdom and thoughtful care
For all of them residing there.
In solemn adoration
Of the God of all creation,
I stand on the shore by the enchanting marina.
Sparkling white, airy clouds, gathering around, formed a ring.
Loving wind of the Atlantic Ocean, gently touch my grandfather’s face,
Fill my grandfather’s heart with joy, piece and praise.
I plead with emerald waves and flying breeze,
“Please let my grandfather know that I long to give him a hug and a kiss.”
I cry for help to the Lord, the Father of lights,
“Please bring my grandfather now into my life.”
The ocean of my tears stays in the hands of the Lord.
I sing praises every morning, and at night I meditate on His Word.
When I am on high seas in stormy wind
With waves sweeping over the boat rim,
In the darkness of thick clouds
I always see a rainbow.
A sign of the everlasting covenant between God and men:
Water will never again destroy the land.
I look at the radiant arc of a rainbow,
Standing over the sea and land,
The aquarelle of all the shades of colors
Painted by an angelic hand.
And I hold my breath when I see
My beautiful saintly mother, Angela Lucienne Bani,
Walking gracefully on the white sand
By the splendid rainbow’s end.
I dedicate my poem to my wonderful, greatly beloved grandfather and to
my saintly angelic mother, Angela Lucienne Bani, the most beautiful and
fascinating woman in the world.
Angela Lucienne Bani
May God bless our business to be a blessing.