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Cairns Edge

The beach gathers its dead. Thousands of horseshoe crabs
come home on the full moon’s tide. Their courting dances, 
scrawled with claw and carapace in the wet sand, leave
with the ghost hands of nursing Autumn wave.

Their nests of jewel-colored eggs, covered and soothed
seasoned in salt sea, gestate beneath a slurry of debris.
Right side up each skin colored husk with its barbed tail
rocks in the bubbling broth of Cape Cod’s bay.

Belly up, they appear as an open invitation to the plovers
who flock overhead and arrow down en masse to dine.
Piping plovers, masked in black, hopscotch through the
detritus, connoisseurs of this turquois egg-like caviar.

Among the life and death of sea we walk, barefoot, and 
cautious wary of the scramble, the jutting barbs, the bits
of un-soothed glass, the desecrated cairn which barricades
the dying life from the living sea.  

Published First in Sounding Review 2015

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 10/25/2016 10:29:00 AM

    A vibrant picture of the stark reality of life painted in words as only you can do. Splendid writing, dear Deb. Elaine
  1. Date: 10/17/2016 12:19:00 AM

    A lovely sense of place, and very atmospheric, Debbie. Enjoyed. Viv x
  1. Date: 10/9/2016 6:09:00 PM

    Beautifully done Cher and congratulations! Your rather brutal yet elegant description of Cape Cod's Bay reminds me just a tad of the chapter in Cannery Row when Doc takes Hazel, one of the 'boys' to collect samples in a cove and his description of the sea life there...How have you been?
  1. Date: 10/3/2016 8:32:00 AM

    Wow! Outstanding write! Amazing use of language making imagery.
  1. Date: 9/28/2016 5:04:00 AM

    I'd think rather that the sea buries its dead upon the shore. Is that too romantic?
  1. Date: 9/24/2016 7:09:00 PM

    Great nature poem here. I 0ahve been a member of the National Wildlife Federation for many years. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 8:45:00 PM

    Vivid description! You brought me to the scene! Love and light to you!
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 9:43:00 PM

    I love this, Debbie! Beautiful descriptive language. It's good to see you here! Blessings! This is just too weird: my captcha letters are my initials - kjm
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 7:59:00 PM

    Nice use of the English language. You paint a lovely mind picture
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 7:28:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/21/2016 12:08:00 PM

    I could put so many images in my mind just through your words.Congrats.on being published ma..I am so proud of you..Hugs.
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 11:15:00 AM

    Absolutely amazing Debbie - I am in awe of your creativity in this vivid descriptive write:-) Many congrats on its publication:-) hugs Jan xx7