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Reflections on a Beach at Dusk

Updated on January 31, 2015

The beach is almost vacant

The crowds have disappeared to shop and eat

Perhaps even to dance the night into the dawn

I gaze at the white foam as it creeps near to my moving feet

Jagged, wet fingers reach for me but miss their mark

My gaze falls upon the tot ahead of me

I watch him run back and forth between water and shore

His tiny hands carry a plastic scoop full of sand

His face is that of a heavenly cherub

The glowing light of pure joy

What is it about the beach that sets children free?

They laugh, giggle, play, and dig

With determination they manufacture mounds of grainy, brown crystals

Magnificent palaces that will soon be swept away

Carried out to sea by the same foamy fingers that currently envelop my ankles

I close my eyes and inhale the salt air

And embrace the perfection of the present moment.


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    • sherrituck profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherri Tuck 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you so much. I am glad that you enjoyed the poems : )

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      Angela Kane 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I thought your poem was beautiful. I love reading poems and I love beaches so this poem was a must read for me. I also read your other poems "Tranquility Speaks" and "On Hearing the Wind in March" and they are some of the best poems I have read so far on HubPages.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I love the seashore, too, and don't go there often enough. Thank you for your beautiful reminder.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Love the seashore. Enjoyed.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful Sherri and voted up. Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

    • sherrituck profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherri Tuck 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you all. I see a trip to the beach in my near future. Hopefully, by then it will be warm.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Nothing like being there in that moment, seizing that moment and living it. The sea has a way of presenting moments like that to you.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      5 years ago

      A beautiful ode to living in the moment.

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      Carol 

      5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      This is lovely! You took me back to the beach at White Rock, B.C. where I spent many a happy childhood day! Thanks for the salty interlude.

      Voted up and shared

    • sherrituck profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherri Tuck 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you. This is the time of year when I hear the coast calling my name.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely images my friend. A walk along the seashore at sunrise or sunset is a great trip for the soul.

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