Without too much thought I took
to the beach,
followed the white lines of
leading me due north along that
in no time at all the beach huts were
removed by dunes and blurring
she was there
right in front of me, as if she’d
right out of the ether.
she was squatting down,
blonde haired and
her blue-green dress hitched up a touch
showing small bare feet
where the dry white sand
gave way to shingle.
but she didn’t even look!
staring into that wide expanse
she could see
clear across the ocean.
looking down I admired her
the delicate amber jewellery on
her long hair matted by
the keen breeze.
then she looked up,
her eyes like cyan gems
and pointed to herself–
‘Elfhild’ I thought she said
sounding sort of German
or Dutch or maybe something
but I didn’t speak a word.
she didn’t seem lost or in any distress
so I moved on,
giving her a faint wave,
after all, what business was it
I carried on steadily
maybe half a mile or so,
felt the wind move round
south to south east.
I could’ve done with a jumper so I
got up quite a pace in the end.
frankly I wanted to return
to see if she was alright –
but I saw only footprints
where she had been, where the shingle
gave way to sand.
walking to the shoreline something
caught my eye, a piece of amber
wet and shining.
I picked it up, held it
to the light
and smiled, looking out
to where the waves
were rolling in by the edge of
that German sea
12 thoughts on “Poem: A Walk by the Sea”
quite a nice picture you’ve written here. I always enjoy your work
You might have met one of your ancestors I think like Alfthryth of Dedham 🙂 Lovely poem and painting! 🙂
beautiful and captivating poem , David!
I love this piece, had a similar happening once, too bad my soon to be x-wife was with me…… lol
Hi. I like the words ‘fractured’ and ‘keen’. Also the image of the amber in the last stanza. Interesting, spooky narrative. Jane
Breath-taking moment, well-rendered.
This poem sublimes magic. It took me to shores I’ve known – I settled for the dune-backed beach just west of Wells by Sea in Norfolk – but it might have been Denmark or Germany.
Thank you so much!
Lovely. Evocative. Almost magical.
Thank you! And thanks too for the reblog, it looks fantastic! I appreciate it.
You are quite welcome Enjoyed it.
Be well. Poem on …
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