The water the sand and the sun ......

The water so warm that the immersion
itself seemed all but anticlimactic .
and yet , I had come here out of pure
desperation , and isn't that where
most young men seem to hover
like minnows at the shore

I had seen her from a distance
on a beach towel applying her lotion arranging
her things
her sandals
And brushing sand from her
calves
She was not long in the sun
her flesh pale
and beautiful
Even her lotioned hands
as gentle as a childs

I knew it ......as she rises pulls
the beach skirt around her form and
made her way towards me
I tried not to look up and turned the
page to a drawing of
a sailing ship
I'd started

" Hello .....She is so pretty
and slight of build and acting surprised
I looked up .......
"Are you kind of drawing me there ?"
........."Oh No", I sputtered
what a lie ......
She was smiling and said again
"are you sure ?"

Yes I had lied to the most beautiful
opening line in history
I felt gutless
and relieved at the same
time .....and she
turned away after a few exchanges about
the day and my
drawings

I looked up ......later just as she
was walking up the steps away
from the water
the sand
the sun
and me


I kept that sketch pad for
a long
long time



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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

The poignant nostalgia is palpable. You capture it so gracefully, whether real or imaginary.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What a beautiful memory. It's so beautiful to let our minds wander, I remember those earlier days when I admired the beauty of the beach, sand, water and the smell of suntan lotion that those beautiful ladies smoothed on their glistening pale bodies. Some times a grin would come from a shy girl laying on her towel and I would think for awhile what had just crossed her mind. Oh the beauty and mystery of a woman. They never cease to excite me. Well done my friend, enjoyed each word.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

What a wonderful reminiscence of a fleeting moment. I laughed at your squirming denial of what she had known, I have been caught too.

Up and more!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Up, interesting and beautiful votes for the way you described this moment in time and the emotions of the shy boy at the beach. Was this boy you at one time?


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

% Nellieanna , This actually happened once long ago , one of the most romantic things that just almost happened ! lol....True story !.......How are you ?


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Vincent ..........you said it better than even I did !.......lol, ahh the good ole days !!!!....nice to go back.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Xstatic , i think that the possibilties of what could have been are sometimes better than what has happened !....lol Thank you for stopping .


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Peggy , Yes , foolish boy ! Well I was a shy twenty four at the time !...........what if ?.......Hmmmm.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

You are such a romantic. I love this. Sweet day's of youth..


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

A beautiful sketch in words of a secret sketch revealed and a magical beach moment! Just lovely!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Ah, yes the moment of truth so hard to admit and perhaps in not admitting we let a good relationship slip away.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

A wonderful memory..the magic of the sand and surf, it can hold you captive for awhile for sure..Great writing..

Smiles,

Sunnie


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Awwwwww...i can feel the...draw AND the angst - excuse the pun! Sometimes it's just...too much - and is best a life-long memory..


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

What a heartwarming memory you've shared ^_^ Thank you! Ah, this would be a good opening scene for a romantic comedy!


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Oh it is so nice to be back reading your hubs again. I loved this one and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Always exploring, Oh maybe only in the written sense ? I wonder ?....lol


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Fennelseed ! your so sweet , thank you little sister.....:-}


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Joy56 4 years ago

These beautiful young girls, and the power the have...... They never seem to realise. I so enjoyed this it was so full of well i suppose .... honesty, 100 per cent male. I saw you sat there, I saw her, and i would love to see the notebook.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful and captivating to read.

Sweet memories.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Sunnie Day girl, thank you and yes its a great memory!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

ImKarn ,Hi and thank you , there is never a chance to relive the innocense of youth . Yet we must learn to chaange the formula of our behaviors and encounters . Or there would be too many what if's!.....be well Im....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

MamaKim , yes it would , I think I kept that drawing for about ten years and looked at it occasionally just to reminisce! And then one day I said ......That meeting is gone forever and then it became like an old black and white photo in my mind where it rests even today ! Thank you .........:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Edddytime , and to you too my friend !........we will share it all won't we !


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Loved this romantic poem set at the ocean. The young woman really sprang to life in it and I love how it told a whole story.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Happy boomer nurse, HI ! nice to see you my friend ! That young woman sprang to life for quite a while for me , thank you sweety .


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Joy56 , thank you ! Really nice to see you here . I just realized I must catch up with your words!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

LadyE, thank you for stopping , all a true story , A real memory !


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Joy56 4 years ago

I have not been around for a while, am so realising what i missed out on....... Sometimes i get so into myself, i forget their is a world out their waiting to be heard.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

And where has Joy been ?when we need you here !


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Joy56 4 years ago

yeah i am feeling like i have come home, i feel the inspiration, and the mood to write once more...... i am living again. There has been too many losses in my life, but i am living again,


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Joy , and you live here with us ! Too. We do" know "each other well !


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Joy56 4 years ago

really


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Joy , that wasn't you was it ? lol...........:-}


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Joy56 4 years ago

I think you gave me the opportunity to let go of so much grief. After my mum and dad died i came here, and Cris A...... my life line, suddenly died, it all got too much..... My daughter lost a baby..... I can finally write for someone else, and i know i am healing.... I believe god will allow me to be re united with my parents, and my sister that took her own life, when she had a small child.

Writing a hub last night took so much energy, I know i was using all the horrible things that have happened to me, to try to relate. My writing gets all comsuming, and nothing else gets done..... I am totally obsessive.

Maybe it was me....... By the time i was running round the beach, i had three children, did you see them around, I was about 22 sssssshhhhhh


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

You and I share much Joy , as I hope you will with all of us ! You have written about your familly some and will even more ,I know ! This cyber world is strange isn't it , yet we touch so softly and tenderly each other over and over again . Thank you !.....Be well !


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Joy56 4 years ago

do they call it kindred spirits...... Do we get our prayers answered......... I dont know it is something only our generation so far have had, we dont take it for granted as it is new to us...... no ties, but lots of friends, understanding each other. Getting the balance right for me would be great...... oh but then that would not be me.... ha ha aha ..... keep on hubbing, and we are sure to keep bumping in to each other...... what were your words. Touching softly and tenderly.... I likes it......


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Joy 56, if you ever get out of that balance , talk to us ! Stand back and see yourself the way that we do , only then can you heal and begin this journey of this life , of these words , these writings . Perhaps as you look into this mirror of hubpage friendships You will see us looking back at you adoringly and with understanding . Kindred spirits is a perfect term ! Be well and thank you for sharing .


dreamseeker2 4 years ago

Beautiful story in poetry form. It is nice to see things from a man's perspective too. Loved it, thanks for sharing it. : )


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Dreamseeker , Oh and a man can't show emotion , yearning , pain , remorse !...lol.......Thank you ,I'm just joshin Ya! .

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