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What I Saw By the Sea

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A strong wind blew
the seas were rough with discontent
the sky was blue
and the cormorant flew
the moment he saw me.

A little crab lay in my reach
at the beach
on her back –
with a stick
I gave her a flip –
she looked with dead eyes at the sea.

It seemed there were messages everywhere
if only I could decipher them.

 

 

I did notice that
strong grasses grow

in the hot dry sand

and also golden flowers glow

 

6 Comments

  1. Jennifer, thank you for the pictures and the verses. You’re my Mary Oliver! Beautiful!

    • Allison, you could not say anything that would touch me more!! Thank you!! I sometimes feel that it’s “cheating” to supplement the words with photos, but then I think – this is what I feel called to do. And so I think maybe I’ll keep doing it. Thank you – so deeply – for the encouragement. xoxo

  2. Exactly what I needed today- enjoy your beach time most thoughtful & gentle poet.

    • Dear Holly – Can you believe we are already back? It was hard to get on that early morning flight!! But I am so grateful for the change of scenery, the wind and the sea. Thank you for your incredibly kind words ~ xoxo

  3. Jennifer — I am catching up on emails and am just now reading this lovely post of pictures and poetry. I especially liked the line “It seemed there were messages everywhere if I could only decipher them.” And followed by “I did notice that….”

    So important to take time to listen and “notice.” A trip to beach, or the mountains, or even Radnor Lake helps.

    Please keep writing.

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