Along This Beach

Along this beach

all pathways are stone

Millions of stones side-by-side

set by a Mason long since gone

yet one who returns each night

to rearrange the mosaic



From the tidal foam

up to the bulk-head pile

the stones stretch out seasoned

salt & pepper with shells & kelp

And not just for shore-dressing

Reach your arm down

deep as your elbow


There is a time

to watch the horizon

Straight life-lines will usually ensue

Such sojourning requires a long stride

high-back-swing long-follow-through

And upon the impact

clear certainty


Here among stones

we wobble  like toddlers

or drunken sailors in a kaleidoscope

of lively living color & textured sound

We have no clue whatsoever where

our feet were a moment ago

Where they’ll go next


Great men master seas with an eye on horizons

Poets mull infinity with an eye on a single stone


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to Along This Beach

  1. Morgan says:

    Wonderful Post that Made me Smile :) Love the Beach!

    Blessings Friend~


  2. profoundly culminated


  3. SalvaVenia says:

    I like the picture; the melody feels a little awkward.


  4. Danke, mein Herr . . .


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