Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Day at the Beach

When I started, I didn't really know where this poem was going to do. Which is typical for me and poetry, but I liked the way this one came out more than the other poems I have written lately and have deemed it post - worthy.

Charcoal washes down the beach like ink
The blackened logs carried out from their pits to the tide
Prints of animals write fables in the sand
Gulls screech as they pirouette across the sky
Diving between kites
Silhouetted like a shadow show
Of masterful carving
Iridescent kelp lies floating in
The tide’s current
Mermaid hair attached to a sandy scalp
And just adjacent to the rock
With the myriad of anemones and sea stars
A child screams with delight
For she has just found
The perfect sand dollar
Completely round
Not even chipped at the edges
And in a chubby fist she raises it for all to see
Though her parents are the only spectators around
Until the sun peeks out from its cotton curtains
Smiling down at the giggling toddler
And lays a diamond kiss on the dollar
And weaves gold into the girl’s hair
And binds the fables of the shore creature’s prints
Into a charcoal ink volume
In a cover the color of warmth and summer breezes
Just for a moment
Then it slips back like the tide
Receding from the shoreline
Its beaming light playing the water like a harp
Plucking out dolphin song


  1. You are the only poet that makes me weep (and not just because you are my daughter - I'm not that sappy). <3

  2. Larissa, this is brilliant!
    - your old pal Jessica in Texas

  3. Hi Jessica! thanks for stopping by the Howling Turtle!

  4. Hi Larissa! I love your blog and your poetry! Am now a follower!
    The Secret Writer


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