Tuesday Poetics: Come with Me!

Lillian is hosting our virtual pub, dVerse Poets Pub. She wants us to take each other along on our vacation or trips. I wrote a haibun in imitation of Basho and his original haibun about his trip centuries ago. Pawley’s Island is a wonderful place – one of the oldest vacation places on the east coast. Originally the Pee Dee and Wee Need Indians settled the island (a barrier island off the coast of SC). In the early 1700’s, planters discovered the island and settled there during the summer months knowing the hot humid air along the Waukamaw River was unhealthy. From April until the first frosts of November, the families of the planters lived on that barrier island. Many of the original structures still stand on the island. You park in one of various parking areas on the island and walk or golf cart about to other places on the island. It is a national treasure. Come join us at dVerse Poets Pub today and go on vacation with us! https://dversepoets.com/2016/09/13/take-me-along/

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Pawley’s Island
We travelled from Richmond to Pawley’s Island on a Saturday. A trip of five to six hours. We arrived just a few minutes ahead of sunset. Before we unpacked the car, we parked in a low lying parking area and walked up the high bank on which the homes were constructed and stood, watching the sun slip into the ocean. We stood and listened to the ocean, to the sound of children laughing and adults calling out to one another, and the sound of the ocean with its booming waves crashing against the beach as the tide came in. At last, we walked back down to the car and carried our things into the cottage we had rented. All the houses had walkways over the salt marshes and at the end of each, was either a gazebo or seats around the ends of the walkways. People love to sit on these and drink their morning coffee, have cookouts, or fish or party! We spent the evening on our deck enjoying the fresh ocean breezes and eating take-out hamburgers from the small joint about a mile away. All the windows to the house were open and it was wonderful to go to sleep with the sound of the waves and the breezes playing about. Next morning we had breakfast on our deck and waved to our neighbors to the right and left of us. Then we walked down to the beach in front of our cottage, stuck in our beach umbrella and sat, watching the other people, residents and transients enjoying the day. I took a walk searching for shells. I was delighted to land in a current of water that brought in sand dollars, swirling in the ocean waves like thin, bony UFOs landing on the shore of the beach. Sitting under the gazebo at the end of our cottage, I was surprised to see an alligator come swimming in the salty water of the salt marsh! I caught several mullets and cleaned them and cooked them on the grill on the deck. It was a wonderful supper! We had a wonderful time at the beach for two weeks and then it was time to head home. We returned home filled with fresh fish, ocean breezes, and a small basket filled with sand dollars and other shells.

sand dollars swirl in
ocean waves – summer sun warms
sand beneath my feet

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public domain photo

public domain photo - sand dollar

public domain photo – sand dollar

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bryan Ens
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 14:31:27

    Sounds absolutely lovely. I love the ocean, but see it far too infrequently (it’s been at least 20 years).


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 14:53:16

    I have not been on that island, but a few other barrier islands… but I have never stayed there… this sound absolutely perfect way to spend vacation


  3. lillian
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 15:23:36

    Oh Toni! Thank you so much for taking us along! How I love sleeping with all the windows open – and you describe this delight so well — and especially the sand dollars – wonderfully written as always! And a refreshing place to journey with you!


  4. freyathewriter
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 16:37:59

    This sounds sublime! And now I know what sand dollars look like!


  5. kim881
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 16:45:25

    That was such a relaxing read and. like Freya, I’ve learned about sand dollars/


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:11:14

      They are cool critters, a kind of sea urchin covered in cilia rather than spines. They use their cilia to burrow under the sand or to scoot along the sand. They range in color from brown to daark purple when alive. The ones that liver farther down south ( Africa or Australia) are known as Sea Biscuits because they are much thicker, like a biscuit or crumpet.

      Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®|PRO


  6. little learner
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:03:58

    Wonderfully told and beautifully ended. ❤


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:13:36

    We live only 20 miles from Puget Sound, our inland sea, & 100 miles from the Pacific. where we beach comb & meditate & re-visit our origins about 10 times a year. Negative ions are invigorating it seems.


  8. Brian
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:33:15

    I can smell the sea air and see your bare feet dancing in the surf. Thanks for bringing me along on your travel memory.


  9. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 18:04:19

    I especially honed in on the skills. This morning I read a Mary Oliver poem that had a lot of sound and listening in it. We walked the dogs on an extra-long walk by the river and it was such a thrill to hear her rushing to the East. We hadn’t taken this path yet this year and it’s been resurfaced and dead brush cleared out. The sound of the river was so hopeful after last year’s drought when they didn’t release Tahoe’s water into our valley. I love what you did along the spirit of Basho, of course.


  10. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 18:05:02

    Oh, and I have a wonderful collection of sand dollars!


  11. whimsygizmo
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 20:27:10

    This is such an incredibly perfect description:
    “sand dollars, swirling in the ocean waves like thin, bony UFOs landing on the shore”

    Swooning over that.


  12. Marilyn Cavicchia
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 23:59:40

    I can feel that sand under my feet!


  13. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 06:05:15

    This is absolutely serene and refreshing!! ❤ I love the tone and the images which you have presented here of ‘ fresh ocean breezes’ and ‘to sleep with the sound of the waves’ Sigh.. Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,


  14. Walter J. Wojtanik
    Sep 15, 2016 @ 09:56:08

    There is much beauty in the sights and sounds of your words, Toni. I always enjoy “traveling” where you’ve been! Thanks for bringing us along!


  15. Susan Anderson
    Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:51:05

    This is one of the places I want to visit most. I’ve read about it in so many books…and now here. Well done!


  16. Laura Bloomsbury
    Sep 15, 2016 @ 19:14:37

    An idyll I’d love to try – the feeling of separate togetherness and a shelter in the wilds


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