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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 © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 1/8/2017 1:18:00 PM
The way the poem unravels is simply exemplary. A great read!
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Date: 12/28/2016 7:04:00 AM
The cycle of life...As it will be for an almost eternal age. My warmest wishes, Debbie...And all the best for your New Year! :) john
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Date: 12/24/2016 10:52:00 AM
Wow! You have become a master of words. This took me right there to Cape Cod Bay where horseshoe crab eggs lay vulnerable on the sandy shore. You have amazed me.
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Date: 12/19/2016 10:14:00 AM
Wow, your art work is breathtaking, Debbie,, I love this one a 7 and a fav. Hugs Eve
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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
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Date: 10/17/2016 12:19:00 AM
A lovely sense of place, and very atmospheric, Debbie. Enjoyed. Viv x
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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?
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Date: 10/3/2016 8:32:00 AM
Wow! Outstanding write! Amazing use of language making imagery.
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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?
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/28/2016 8:25:00 AM
Not too romantic for me- a good way to go as well! Light & love
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
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Date: 9/22/2016 8:45:00 PM
Vivid description! You brought me to the scene! Love and light to you!
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/22/2016 9:03:00 PM
thanks Hija!
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
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/22/2016 8:49:00 AM
Hi Kim I have missed you. How are you & your family?
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.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/21/2016 7:41:00 PM
Oh little one how I miss your thoughts- peeking at life through your eyes - how's your sweet baby?
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
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 9/28/2016 8:46:00 AM
thanks for your lovely comment Debbie :-) I will be performing 2 of my poems at our main theatre on 18th November - a charity night in front of about 800 people if it sells out:-) and I will get round to submitting some of my poems in the hope they will be published:-) hugs jan xx
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/21/2016 7:42:00 PM
Jan you have great skill as well you just need to submit, submit, submit, and brush off any naysayers!