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Walk the Beach

Beach collage
Beach Collage – Scenes from North Beach, Salt Spring Island, & China Beach, Vancouver Island B.C.

Walk the Beach

Set crickets flying
from crabby grass and weeds
shimmering on the sandy foreshore.

Hop logs of driftwood forest
clamber over algae-green rock
tricky as black ice.

Crunch broken shells
jingle the shingle
always at an angle.

Spring-step spongy
blackened sea grass
squish onion bulbs of kelp.

Take off shoes
let soles read
Braille of wave-print sand.

© 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (all rights reserved)


I sometimes still pinch myself, prairie transplant that I am, that I live near the ocean and the beach! As residents of the B.C.’s southwest corner for 30+ years, we’ve often indulged our fascination with the ocean by vacationing near it. The photos above were taken in the summer of 2012 on Saltspring Island and Vancouver Island beaches.

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is part of Poetry Friday, hosted today by Carol and Carol’s Corner. (Thank you, Carol, for giving me the idea to post this poem with your beach poem!)

28 thoughts on “Walk the Beach”

  1. Ah, Violet – you and I love the same kind of beach! Driftwood, rocks, broken shells, and those “onion bulbs of kelp”…so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your poem.


    1. Thanks Catherine! I was looking for a photo with inviting wave prints on it, but they are few and far between in my files. There’s nothing like hard ripply sand underfoot that reads Summer, is there?!


  2. This is just to say that I have been here and read your words, but surgery on both thumbs last Tuesday prevents me from typing a personalized comment. Forgive me — copy/paste is the best I can do this week! 🙂

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  3. Your poem makes this land-locked sea lover long for beach time. I will be there next Friday, but with 60 middle schoolers, I’m thinking there will be a lot more splashing than walking!


  4. Thanks for this walk along the beach. The sounds and smells come alive in your poem. Your beach is very different from the Gulf coast. I’m looking forward to a trip to Seattle in July.


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