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Sand Dollar Dreams

It's quiet here - quiet in a way that catches me off guard. The tranquility is almost tangible, something I can touch and hold and wrap around myself. I can hear the pulse of faraway waves, the faint hum of the wind, the nonsensical call of distant seagulls. I can hear my own heartbeat, pounding along with the waves. As I kick off my sandals, my spirit steps out of my body, leaving behind the material baggage of city life. The sand is soggy beneath my feet and I know my footprints will disappear when the sea rises, as if I were never here at all. It's low tide, that magical time when the sea recedes to reveal the ocean floor. Grooves of sand catch pockets of water that are half-buried mirrors, reflecting pale blue sky and slices of violet sunlight that glitter like chipped diamond.
a vocal seagull descends toward liquid skies – reflections ripple
At low tide, a second beach emerges, stretching all the way across the bay to the opposite shore. I walk slowly, tasting salt on the breeze as it runs invisible fingers through my hair. Strands sweep across my face, catching in my eyelashes before fluttering free once more. The beach is a dream catcher, snagging small treasures when the sea withdraws. And I am a child again, fascinated by the hermit crab retreating into his shell as I approach. I spot the dimpled surface of an urchin’s shell peeking out from wrinkled sand. Other shells are scattered across the beach, some upside down, exposing smooth, pearly souls.
a tiny starfish drifts beneath placid water – lost constellation
When I find a sand dollar, my breath catches. It’s perfectly whole, with smooth, rounded edges and clean, ivory skin. It’s heavy and light all at once, the flawless design at its center subtle and brilliant, like a delicate floral tattoo. How many hours had I spent here as a child, searching for this transitory coin? My eyes fill with unexpected tears as my vision wavers behind distorted pools of grief. I’m half-blind until I blink, releasing salty rivers down my cheeks. Even then, my sight is murky. My tears taste like the ocean and I think, suddenly: Whose tears fill the sea? Written: November 4, 2015 For Charlotte's "Creative Haibuns" Contest

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Date: 1/30/2016 5:56:00 PM
HEATHER, Dropped by to say hi and congratulate you on having your poem selected by Soup's Administration. This is a wonderful poem to have featured on the homepage. Always & Forever! LINDA
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Date: 12/11/2015 12:55:00 PM
Extraordinary haibun with real haikus and such a lovely depiction of the majesty of the sea and shore! A 7 at least!
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Date: 12/1/2015 9:08:00 PM
Heather - your write is absolutely beautiful and my life is the better for having read it. You draw one in and hold them, never disappointing but delivering emotional prose over and over. You deserve your win and I congratulate you ... CayCay
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Date: 11/28/2015 7:46:00 PM
This is amazingly beautiful, with such melancholy and gentleness. Nicely done, Heather.....a sure winner! Charlotte was right on !!
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Date: 11/28/2015 3:12:00 PM
Heather :) A nice and creative win. Love SKAT
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Date: 11/28/2015 6:53:00 AM
I'm tweeting links to the winners of this great contest.
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Date: 11/27/2015 11:53:00 AM
Big kudos to you Heather. I am so happy to see this wonderful haibun take top honors. As you know it is a fave of mine. Congratulations my friend!
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Date: 11/27/2015 7:06:00 AM
Wonderful write, a most deserved winner. You imagery is superb, and your touch serene.
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Date: 11/27/2015 2:30:00 AM
Heather, I am just so glad that you came as first here.. so well deserve! =`) This a poem I'd want to read and read again.. =`) ~OLive ELoisa =`)
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Date: 11/26/2015 9:31:00 PM
Wonderful write n much deserved first place win Heather.. Big Congrats!!
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Date: 11/26/2015 12:18:00 PM
Heather, knew it would do well. Excellent write.
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Date: 11/26/2015 10:35:00 AM
Congrats Heather on your lovely haibun!
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Date: 11/26/2015 9:12:00 AM
goodness Heather, this is just terrific..."the beach is a dream catcher?"...well it certainly caught and created one for me :)
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Date: 11/26/2015 6:34:00 AM
heather, this is beautiful and very poignant, and that second haiku is wonderful, with the starfish as a 'lost constellation'; your closing line is strong and memorable, too...i know haibun is a fave form of yours, and you write them so well - congrats on your 1st place win in my contest!
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Date: 11/14/2015 4:55:00 PM
I really like the ending to your work..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Thanks for the honor of placing in your contest..This work reads like a winner to me ..Sara
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Date: 11/10/2015 2:24:00 AM
Heather, love the glorious imagery, and the last line truly remarkable! a fave!~Olive Eloisa =`)
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Date: 11/7/2015 10:31:00 PM
This is magnificent Heather! Congratulations on it being selected POTD! It is one of the most beautiful Haibun I have ever read! A fave! #7
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Heather Ober
Date: 11/9/2015 2:39:00 PM
Connie, thank you so much - That is such a wonderful compliment!
Date: 11/7/2015 12:30:00 PM
- Congrats with your p.o.t.d., Heather ! - I'm sorry I was not here yesterday   - Best wishes for a peaceful and lovely weekend ! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/7/2015 11:31:00 AM
Oh wow, Heather, that last sentence has the wow factor! So beautiful and yet so sad. And your haikus are simply stunning!! Well done!! Good luck, but don't think you will need it !!
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Date: 11/7/2015 9:56:00 AM
Oh Sweetie....what an enthralling write. What a magnificent ending. What a question to end on....Indeed. Whose tears fill the sea....Great question. Loved this. Congrats on POTD and good luck in the contest, dear. Hugs
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Date: 11/7/2015 9:00:00 AM
A most superb job here Heather!! I think that your Creative Haibuns here should be the obvious best in Charlotte's Contest. Congratulations on the POTD honor!! -- and for your outstanding writing here!! Best Always, Gary
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Date: 11/7/2015 2:16:00 AM
This is so moving, Heather. Tearing up myself as I reached the last line...Powerful, beautiful poetry. Expecting to see this in the winners' list.
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Heather Ober
Date: 11/7/2015 9:46:00 AM
Thank you so much for your kind words, Kim. Your comments are always so thoughtful and appreciated.
Date: 11/6/2015 9:04:00 PM
Heather, exquisite write. Your prose are beautifully descriptive and full of emotion. Your Haiku are well thought out and reflect the tone and meaning of your prose. Question, should you have a third and final Haiku?
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Heather Ober
Date: 11/7/2015 9:45:00 AM
Thank you so much, James :) As far as I know, a typical haibun can contain up to 3 haiku, so a third one isn't absolutely necessary. For Charlotte's contest, she is allowing up to 5 haiku, but my muse only told me to include 2 ;)
Date: 11/6/2015 5:41:00 PM
Very very beautiful Heather - congrats on POTD good luck in the contest:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/6/2015 12:42:00 PM
Beautiful composition and congrats on your potd!
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