Seashore Memories

Huntington Beach Pier, CA
Huntington Beach Pier, CA | Source

I remember…

When we first explored this beach together,

Running, dodging, laughing,

Playing the games that yearlings play

When the fresh breezes of springtime breathe life into their souls.

I remember as though it was yesterday.

Some time later,

We walked together here, my arm about her tightly,

As though the dream would escape

If I didn’t hold her closely.

There were no games now, our pace was slow and measured,

Every step a request for time to stand still.

Few words were spoken, but no words were needed.

We spoke with our fingertips,

Smiled with our eyes,

Whispered with our breathing,

And savored the moment,

Knowing we would remember this for the rest of our lives

The wind brushed her long, fragrant hair against my cheek,

Soft, drifting in the gentle breeze like the smoke of a candle.

Her breathing was hushed music and the sea sang with her,

Every wave a chorus.

A command performance by the setting sun for a preoccupied audience.


"Little Corona", Corona del Mar, CA
"Little Corona", Corona del Mar, CA | Source

Years have passed, and I walk this beach alone,

Hearing the surf whisper her name.

Admiring a pair of gulls in the smooth ballet of flight,

Reminded, as I watch, of how it was between us.

I stare into the tide pools and her sad, lovely eyes look back,

I close my eyes tightly and see her face,

Framed by the wind-blown veil of her hair.

In the soft breeze, I feel the gentle touch of her fingers

Softly gliding over my face like a silken flame.

The salt spray stings my eyes,

And I am embarrassed at tears I cannot suppress.

A voice within me cries out on this now empy beach,

And I want to hold her, to thank her,

For the sweet gifts of time and tenderness she shared with me,

For moments and memories I will treasure for more than a lifetime.

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Denise W. 2 years ago

Very sweet and sensitive.


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Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR Author

Denise, thank you for your comment. I readily admit there are those who'd disagree with you, but my sensitivity has improved with time!


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

That is very beautiful and touching. I am so sorry for your loss. I know those beaches well, though I am far away now. Beaches are wonderful in so many ways, and what a treasure for you to have from there. The memories with a loved one. Thank you for sharing.


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Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR Author

Ocean sunsets, Thank you for your comment. This actually drafted in the '70s and life pulls us in different directions, but I've been happily married since 1982. Life has been generous! Though a perceived loss at the time, it was all part of growing up. Time spent at the seashore continues to provide me with moments of peace and opportunities for meditative reflection.


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jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

How beautiful and sweet! I hope she reads this.

I grew up near the sea and seashore walks are also memorable for me.


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Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR Author

Jill, I confess this was drafted decades ago but the seashore continues to be a refuge and a thought-provoking escape for me. Thank you for reading it and for your kind comment!


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

yes, reminds me when my parents used to bring us to the seashore when we were young


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Edward J. Palumbo 20 months ago from Tualatin, OR Author

peachpurple, I'm pleased that it brings back good memories! Thank you for commenting.


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ahorseback 17 months ago

I believe the surf sounds are to remind us of our pasts , the rolling tides to make us think of tomorrows , and the setting suns to remind us to hurry up and live .....great write !.....Ed


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Edward J. Palumbo 17 months ago from Tualatin, OR Author

ahorseback, Having read your Hubs, I really appreciate your comments.

All the best,

Ed

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