Time Surfer

Image by Shalom Jacobovitz, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Time rolls, like a crashing wave,
A man-eating breaker.
One short ride in the barrel,
Shacked, snug in the pocket,
The rush of the green room,

Youthful hopes and expectations flying by below -
Stretching, twisting, blurring,
Drawn by life's relentless under-toe,
Blending with hazy images of men in grey suits,
Pallid recipients of all worldly pursuits.

Perilous concentration.
Adrenaline thrill of exhilaration.
Then, in an instant, wipe-out.
Worked, through the washing machine,
Tombstoned.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

The Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 9, verse 10

“You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

The Letter of James, chapter 4, verse 14b

“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.”

Jesus, as recorded in John, chapter 12, verse 36

This life is over in the blink of an eye, and none know how much remains for them, except the Lord who ordains our days, so we ought to keep short accounts and live each day for Christ with perseverance, zeal, and joy. If you haven’t answered the call to follow Jesus and received him as Savior and Lord, don’t delay, the urgency is genuine.

Footnote: I’ve always been intrigued by the sport of surfing, its unique lingo, and the abundance of metaphors it offers the imagination.


Surfing Definitions (courtesy of Wave Tribe)

Barrel – a tube, the curl of the wave, the hollow part of a wave when it is breaking, and one of the most sought after things in surfing

Shacked – riding a great, big barrel

Pocket – the power pocket of a barrel or powerful wave and where you want to position yourself

Green room – the inside of a barrel

Men in grey suits – sharks

Wipe out – falling off a wave while surfing

Worked– getting knocked off by a wave and then being in the washing machine

Washing machine – getting rolled around underwater by a breaking wave

Tombstoning– when the surfer is wiped out and sinking below the surface and their surfboard is bobbing up and down connected to them through a leash

© Craig Sabin 2020 All rights reserved

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