The Ebb and Flow of Life

INTRO: The ebb and flow of life, the highs, and lows of experiences, the coming and going of relationships, the constant fluctuation in society, the rise and fall of emotions, and the continuous change in circumstance. All of life on earth and the environment are in a state of continuous change. Being destroyed and then rebuilt.

We can choose to flow with change or swim against the current of change. Not all change is good. Not all change is bad. Some changes that we must accept, flow against our core values and beliefs. Some changes that we don’t have to accept, we decide to accept, to add new experiences and adventure to our lives.


I wrote this poem after I went through my belongings to decide what I would take to my new address and what I would give to the second-hand shop. Things that I could not part with years earlier, but now the strong emotions and memories embedded in those items have detached enough for me to allow my heart to let them go and give them away to someone who will attach fresh emotions and memories to those items.

I chose this Feature Image as it shows both the rollercoaster, the ups and downs of life, and the waves breaking on the shoreline, the ebb and flow of life. The background music I have chosen flows with the rhythm of the waves gently rolling up the sandy beach and then receding back into itself over and over, never-ending. Beverley Joy.

PODCAST – The Ebb and Flow of Life

The ebb and flow, the highs and lows

The ins and outs that come and go

Some things change, some stay the same

We accept, then reject, life fluctuates.

Deep attachment to people and things

That bring such joy when it begins

And deep sorrow when we part with them

For in them emotional memories embed.

Opposites attract, how bizarre is that?

Why do I now hate, what I once loved?

Why do I cry at what once made me laugh?

And give away what I once treasured?

Pain doesn’t knock then patiently wait

No, it forces its way through the door of my heart

Then slams it shut as it runs back out

When the hearth is lit with laughter and love.

Like the bee that stings, yet pollinates

The cat that purs yet scratches with claws

The bird that chirps yet kills with its beak

The stones that step up, yet crumble and fall.

Like a rollercoaster of emotions

The heights of joy, the depths of sorrow

The heights of love and peacefulness

The depths of turmoil and hatred.

Like the ocean that flows in and out

The sun that shines, then in darkness hides

The fire that warms us to our soul

Then, reduced to ashes, leave us cold.

Like an earthquake that destroys, yet creates a new landmass

The bush fire that disintegrates yet regenerates the land

The storm that floods and destroys our homes

Yet quenches the parched thirsty earth.

Like a rose that blooms beautiful and fragrant

Then, bruised and wilted, is useless on its stem

The worm that eats our pot plants by night

Then transforms into a beautiful butterfly.

Don’t live in the shadows afraid to love again

Protecting your heart from being broken

Don’t wash out with the tide, drifting away

Far from family and friends who want you to stay.

Live each moment in its fullness

Be upfront, central and present

Let the good and the bad wash through you

Accept the river of life’s ebb and flow.

Beverley Joy of Simply Story Poetry © All rights Reserved

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Photo by Terren Hurst on Unsplash

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