My PhD Poem – Marie Lewis

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my boat of inspiration, my bravery,
My curiosity and I will conquer thee.

I paddled out with oars and glee.
It was pure excitement that was carrying me.
Day turned to night, night turned to day,
I knew exactly what I would say.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my boat of inspiration, my bravery,
My curiosity and I will conquer thee.

The waves crashed, my oars broke.
But I stood firm, I would not choke,
Just rest a while.
Maintain that smile.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my boat of inspiration, my bravery,
My curiosity and I will conquer thee.

I lay a drift, with no oars to row.
How to get to shore, I just didn’t know.
The sea was harsh, my boat would sink.
I needed to take some time to think.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have no boat of inspiration, my bravery,
But my curiosity and I will conquer thee.

My bravery had turned to stone.
As now I felt all alone.
Drowning in the big blue sea
Wondering ‘Where is me?’

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have no boat of inspiration, no bravery,
But my curiosity and I will conquer thee.

I look around and all I see
Are words and words that float by me.
Like fish, quotes pop up from out the sea.
A distant light shine’s- ‘Is that for me?’

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have no boat of inspiration, no bravery,
But my curiosity and I will conquer thee.

I gathered the words.
I built a raft.
That one star chapter.
The ‘good final draft’.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my raft of inspiration,
With pure grit and determination
I will conquer thee.

On my raft I began to float
Gathering more words onto my boat.
I saw the light upon the shore.
Scared and alone I was no more.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my raft of inspiration,
With pure grit and determination
I will conquer thee.

The words were too many for my small raft.
More was needed for me to craft.
But the light it faded far away.
In the big blue sea I must stay.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my raft of inspiration,
With pure grit and determination
I will conquer thee.

More rafts I built,
To make sense of this world.
Took time to think
But I did not sink.

I stood and looked out to sea,
I said ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I have my raft of inspiration,
With pure grit and determination
I will conquer thee.

So here I sit in my PhD boat.
Where I must learn to bob and float.
But the shining light that guides you in, it fades so fast.
I hang on to the thought that one day, this will be my past.

I stand and look out to sea,
I say ‘Hey Sea, you look at me’.
I will conquer thee.

Marie Lewis PhD Student October 2013

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