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Interpenetrating Waves

A bed of algae and eelgrass blocks the rising tide. An offshore breeze raises ripples growing darker towards the horizon. A tired old swell raises long low breakers that curl and throw themselves bodily against weed arrayed in rows, deep maroon and charcoal on the tawny sand. ey hit with a thump felt in the belly and reflect out to sea where they run into the next wave. And wave interpenetrates wave in direct opposition. Incoming motion, after countless hours crossing leagues of sea, meets, and passes through, a reflection of that crest that preceded it and is now rushing back out. Returning wave loses little to its quick rebound, with a thump and splash rushing out to meet it in a series of ripples, crescendo e diminuendo. Incoming wave reacts to each with an arching shudder rising up, exchanging speed for height, like a Bull Walrus winding up for attack. is happens much faster than it can be described, repeating over and over as I write this, driven by the marvel of waves interpenetrating. e force of water partially spent on sound and shaking the ground beneath my feet reflects, bounces back, and passes through its incoming brethren. e miracle of fluidity, that such a clash of direct and immediate opposition

Interpenetrating Waves

is transparent to the forces involved. Both sharing its passage in shadowed waves and ripples, in transferring opposites passing through each other, passing through changed but unobstructed, through each other and on. Each wave already an echo of a far-off action interpenetrates its echo rushing back to where it came from. e surface of the sea brushed by a fresh offshore breeze ruffling the knap of an old onshore swell that is itself corrugated by its own reflection returning from off the dam-ed beach. Impeded, reflected by nothing more than air and water transformed by life and sunlight into this dense mat collecting at ocean’s boundary. e scene lit by reflections of waves trending from infrared to ultraviolet shot from the setting sun and bouncing back and forth through air and water. Larger waves thump, and throw up heads of curling spray as they rear-up. eir impact violent, but not aggressive. eir force passed on, not wielded in enmity. Bodies strike rhythmically, but in love transparent as energy interpenetrates energy, and flows on. Antonio Dias 10.06.11