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Playing in the Sand

Updated on March 26, 2011

Craig and I in Majorca 1997

Tides Ebb and Flow

Shifting sand beneath my feet, the thunder of waves in the summer heat.

Slowly walking side by side, wondering do I want to ride

That crest of a wave far away, or do I sit and pray this day.

The sting of salt hitting my eyes, or is it the tears that I despise.

The rolling sea reminds me of, the colour of Bombay Sapphire I once loved.

Do I deserve to stand and view, those empty sand dunes I walked with you

Life has it's own story to tell, fading love, a living hell.

White glistening shells upon the shore, how can we manage to ignore

What responsibilities we have, even as a mum or dad.

Lessons we must teach, guilty secrets out of reach

Like the tide they ebb and flow, all these things I have to know

How to guide you from the evil drink, without sending me to the brink

of hells own door to save your life, now that you have taken a wife.

Walk along the sand with me, let me hear your thoughts with glee,

Oh my friend you knew me well, showed me the mirror so I could tell,

what Bombay had done for me, the ripples on the ocean see

The wrinkles that could be deep, where saved by you in my sleep

sleeping off that drunken shower, to walk again along the shore this hour.

Grateful thanks for loving me, and taking the time to see

That life in fact shares no fears, if you are prepared to lend those ears.

A man so kind as to stand by me, my life so young oh could it be

that I now have the strength to conquer all, and help my son stay off the wall

For my friend Michael who I love so much, and for my son who I want to touch. x


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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      OH I have no sleeve... Beautifully written and so deep. Its like I can feel your emotions..

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      A Beautifully written Piece my are so growing as a writer, and the way you are able to express your thoughts...It's so Raw and Honest. Two Thumbs Up.

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA


      This is truly BLUEtiful. Your love, concern, heartache, acceptance, passion, hope AND wonderful writing abilities absolutely shine throughout this piece! Voted AWESOME!


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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      skellie, thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. It is great to receive encouragement from new faces, and I am truly pleased you liked the poem.

      dallaswriter really, I do struggle with poetry. At the moment I am just practising the rhyme type of poem. But ideally I would love to write inspirational poetry. Thank you so much for your comments.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      soooo good! I find it hard to believe you struggle in composing poems? My problem, my brain goes faster than my typing and I lose words or jump ahead. Oh well, the creation is in the moment and this inspires me to write so much better.

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      7 years ago from Adelaide

      Absolutely brilliant!

      Anything can be overcome in life, with a true friend by your side. So much depth in your poetry and i think you are doing very well, in composing them :)

      Beautiful and up one

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you so much for your comment Bill. It helps me feel so much more secure to know that I have mentors such as Wayne and yourself, whom I admire greatly, to guide me in the right direction. To be honest, I still struggle in composing poems and know that I can do more justice to the way I think in my writing, but I am a fighter and wont let it put me down without that fight first lol

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You show a new maturity, both in your acceptance of life and in your writing.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you so very much Wayne. Truly, your words of wisdom have helped me so much and I can't pay tribute to you enough. What ever you possess you must bottle and sell it and put me down for the first shipment. I will always be in awe of you, not just as a writer but as a true gentleman and friend. Bless you x

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Well, this just reminds me of what Hank Jr. was singing about in that song on my last hub...I'm gettn' better...and you most certainly are. I don't think you are just getting better as a writer, I think you are getting better at being in touch with your emotions and translating those true feelings to the page. It is what I tell so have to let go of what you feel and share it. It is scary at first but it is so rewarding when the reader gets it and lets you know. I get so many messages from this but the one that comes through is that you have finally met someone who gives you the strength and courage to confront those things that you want so badly to fix...and I know that you will. This verse tells me so. When it happens, please remind me that I told you that it would...keep the faith and keep writing just like this! Up and Beautiful! WB


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