The Beach Umbrella

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An old man sits

on the beach under

an umbrella.


It’s alternating red

which has faded to orange

and yellow

which has faded to whatever

color it is that

yellow fades to.

It’s silver handle,

Stabbed into the grey sand, reflects

the sun and the old man squints.


On a portable folding chair

he stretches long

sun worn legs

and digs them into

the warm sand.


He licks his lips

tasting the salty air and

bites into roast beef

on rye.


Surrounded by seagulls,

he feeds them

breadcrumbs.


He smiles as he inhales

the ocean breeze.

The seaweed.

The birds.


The sun and the wind batter

his damaged skin as he

begins to drift

off to sleep

so he can be with her

again.


Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at efiction horror. Husband to andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth.He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot Audrey!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

happyboomernurse, thanks so much for sharing!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Really a lovely write Justin!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Absolutely loved this poem. Except for the final, poignant line, it was a perfect description of my hubby at the beach.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared on HubPages and Pinterest.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Victoria. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great descriptions. Loved it. Many votes, PDX!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Tammy. Personally, I prefer the winter above all else. It may be because my favorite thing to wear is a good sweater...


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well done.. I love the beach and this is a wonderful read as we enter a long dark winter. Loved it!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Hillbilly. I appreciate your comment!


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

I really like this one, Mr. PDX. It's descriptive on many levels, and that last line goes straight to the heart. Voted up and beautiful.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Debby, they lived about a block away from the beach!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hi Justin ~ They must have visited the beach quite often. Blessings, Debby


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

Its a lovely poem about your grandfather. He actually reminds me of my stepdad and our vacations to the ocean. He would tan up instantly and sit with his toes in the sand and watch all us kids play. It was a common sight for him to be under a rented umbrella just hanging out.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I'm glad u were able to join the old man on the beach, I hope you get a real trip soon. This poem is about my grandfather


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

Lovely, it really is. I felt like I was right at the beach with the old man - and I could really, really use a day at the beach.

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