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On the Beach

The seaweed gathered on the shore
tangled among the stones with broken shells
and pieces of glass, polished smooth.
A crab, waiting for the tide, scampered
to a safe corner of a small pool to hide
and peeked to see if I was moving on.
I carefully stepped from stone to stone
as a young boy hopped quickly by
and I thought of those less cautious days
while planning the six more steps
that lead to the safety of the sand.
In summer, blankets and towels
cover the beach like an eclectic quilt.
There, smiling, I recalled those times years ago
when the lusty days of summer
made winter fly with anticipation, but
on this October morn, I find  
peace in this near solitude.
Perhaps I'll come again tomorrow
before winter makes me wait 'til spring

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 10/18/2019 9:58:00 AM
Nothing like the seashore. I was right in the moment with you. Good to read your words again. Congratulations. SuZ
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Date: 9/14/2019 7:37:00 AM
I love fall days at the beach...you captured the moment beautifully. congratulations on your top placement.
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Date: 9/11/2019 8:32:00 AM
Ahhh!! The deserted beach. Creative lines from your pen. I enjoyed reading your winning work. Sara
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Date: 9/10/2019 4:54:00 PM
CRaig, I really like this. It is actually my own "style" when I do try to write free verse (not always but sometimes i write this way). Of all the poems on the winner list, it looks the most like a poem I might have written, if that makes any sense to you. Congrats for your win.
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Date: 9/9/2019 5:48:00 PM
HEY...I musta read this by mistake before judging the contest as I see I commented on it earlier.....well, a good read is a good read no matter how often it is read. Thanks for participating in the contest Craig.
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Date: 8/23/2019 4:59:00 PM
I am reading this with my Homedics sound machine set to OCEAN. Great effect. I love the two closing lines,..I have been missing the sound of waves lately. Their infinite wash. I know I’ll sleep well tonight with this new acquisition. Smiles, SuZ
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Date: 8/23/2019 10:58:00 AM
Very eloquently phrased Craig. I am enjoying your free verse writes, a nice departure from the structure of sonnets.
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Date: 8/23/2019 5:20:00 AM
Enjoy it while you can...precious moments are not to be denied...Nice write
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Date: 8/22/2019 4:19:00 PM
i always find solitude in the rise of sun as it reflects in pink tones above the breaks of waves, you paint the scene so beautifully it makes me wish i was at the beach right now...i can almost hear the gulls as they scurry along and taste the salty air.... beautiful write Craig, love it! :) hugs
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Date: 8/22/2019 3:12:00 PM
Cold water, dim sun, and windswept seagulls sans french fries....AAAHHHH October at the beach
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