Strolling along the shore of the beach, in a somber place,
A middle aged woman lifts up her sad, pondering face
Against the backdrop of a brilliant purple splashed sky,
She plays back painful memories in her life and asks, "Why?"
There was a former time, in her carefree youthful days
When she would laugh and frolic in the surging ocean waves
But this day brings another time, one of deep reflection
In her aching loneliness, she longs for real connection
She stares out into the vast ocean's deep blue mystery
With each incoming wave she recalls her life's history
Despite her heartache, and trapped feelings of no escape
The sea air seems to whisper, "Just wait for your soulmate!"
This urgent longing in her heart pricks and stings, as she prays
In her desperation, she cries to God, "Show me Your ways!"
Falling to her knees, her flowing tears catch the salty air
Viewed in her stooping position, sea shells glisten everywhere
Their beauty distracts her, and so she begins to gather
The ones that catch her eye; the shells that seem to matter
She tosses out the broken ones, and keeps those that are whole
While sifting through the pieces, she relates them to her soul
She had focused so much on the broken pieces of her life
She missed opportunities to be strong, despite her strife
Like the waves' pounding presence caused some shells to break or crack
Others rolled along with the waves, tumbling out, still intact
The woman realized she let circumstances confine her
Nothing that happened around her could ever define her
Her inner spirit of love had a lot left to give
And the passion inside her would show her how to live
As she begins to rise from her kneeling stance on the sand
She is offered, unexpectedly, an outstretched stranger's hand
A man proceeds to help her to her feet, much to her surprise
And then he greets her with a smile and such soft, gentle eyes
These two mesmerized souls gaze at each others expression
Both have the same inexplicable feeling and impression
It's like coming home, or a movie scene, or a dream come true
The gentleman says, "This may sound strange, but I feel I know you!"
With love's recognition, she answers, "I believe that you do!"