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The Beach Umbrella

Updated on February 19, 2017
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

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This Poem

And many others appear in the poetry poetry collection, Digging to China, published by Sweatshoppe Publications in 2013.


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.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks a lot Audrey!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      happyboomernurse, thanks so much for sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Really a lovely write Justin!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 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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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great descriptions. Loved it. Many votes, PDX!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      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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      Tammy 5 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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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      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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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      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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      Sondra 6 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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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      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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      Sondra 6 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.