Watch as an older couple, say my wife and I, hold hands. There is a stillness and a calmness there. The hands know each other well. They are content just to be. That is not so with new, young lovers. Notice how the hands always seem to be in motion, touching, feeling, exploring, each sensation is brand new. There is no calmness at all. The missing calmness leaves an empty place, and that empty place is filled with wanting, needing. So it is with the shore. Here, the ocean and the earth meet, and have met, for millions of years. But not with the calmness and stillness of an older couple, as one might expect. It is with the lust and sensuality of brand new lovers, groping, caressing, touching, exploring. Going a little further, a little further, really wanting to make love. Even after eons have passed by.
JAMES LEE JOBE