Poem: Winter Beach

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Literature Text

A winter's beach, it was,
on a cloudy November day,
a little cool, but mostly gray
somewhere down south.

The summer crowds were long gone.

I remember the feel of cool
as my toes dug into the wet sand,
as I carried my shoes in my left hand
to keep them safe from the water.

Stooping, I picked up a shell,
then I simply stood there,
centered in earth and water and air --
the fire of the sun was mostly hidden.

Winter beaches are magic places.

How endless the horizon looked,
the hugeness of it made me sigh
gray water meeting cloudy sky
out in the middle of forever.

I watched the water and remembered
Prufrock's mermaids, singing each to each --
I hoped I would dare to eat the peach
and hear them sing for me.

But would I be lost in their siren song?

So much magic in that place,
where the water meets the land,
I became small, a grain of sand,
against the water's immensity.

Eventually, I turned away,
walked back and put on my shoes,
went home and turned on the news
and its self-important chatter.

I wonder if the ocean laughs.
I really do love the winter beach....

Prufrock is a reference to T.S. Elliot's poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

This is the passage I had in mind:

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

Prufrock is a person who is wrestling with the sterility in his own life, and the knowledge that he could have been otherwise - after all, he does see the mermaids, he knows there is more to life - but he knows that he is not the person to be the hero.
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somnomollior's avatar
You really made me feel like I was there sharing the moment - vivid. The ending was excellent. It reminds me of similar experience - one stands face to face with the grandeur and enormity of nature and then returns to the apparent safety and smallness of our everyday modern world.
knittingknots's avatar
Yep...I do that every now and helps give perspective, I think...
Very also was very creative and the discriptions are amazing.