Beach Memories

For Kerry’s Prompt at Toads,Human Landscape Interactions.  The happened two weeks before my mother died last June.  She loved her beach!  We went down to Emerald Isle about eight times a year.

Beach Memories
I hold the bowl of cut strawberries for you.
Did we pick these? You ask.
I murmur, no mama, I bought these at the market.
You seem to sleep and then rouse.
remember that time at the beach…
your voice peters out and you sleep for real this time.
I remember so many times at the beach –
the sand dollars swirling in the waves
looking like alien space ships,
the walks at sunrise and sunset,
the times we looked for shells,
bologna sandwiches and warm cokes
for lunch on the beach,
laughing at a dog playing in the surf,
jumping waves,
digging a space in the shade of the dunes
and taking a nap with the sound
of sea birds and waves lulling us to sleep.
I wonder what you are dreaming of
while you sleep.
do you dream of those times?

Emerald Isle NC

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joey Blue
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 16:33:53

    just beautiful


  2. sanaarizvi
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 17:04:32

    I am so sorry for your loss, Toni. This is a gentle and beautiful tribute poem.


  3. Lori
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 17:43:00

    A memory for one who no longer remembers. This is really beautifully written.


  4. Sherry Blue Sky
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 20:43:46

    Such beautiful memories, Toni. Do you get to the beach very often without her, now, or is it too hard to go?


    • kanzensakura
      Jun 20, 2019 @ 20:48:09

      I have moved farther north since I married. The beachez areound here are crap – all built up with hotels, houses, arcades….i am longing to go back to NC where we built so many happy memories. My husband likes the crappy beaches because that is all he knows. I keep threatening to go by myself. I would love to back and absorb some of those happy memories.

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  5. Helen L Dehner
    Jun 20, 2019 @ 20:53:45

    There is not a daughter who has lost her mother that will not shed tears as she reads this …. powerful write.


  6. Susie Clevenger
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 00:07:44

    Yes, I cried. My mother left without even knowing me. She was a tough woman, but I learned strength from her. So thankful you have such beautiful memories.


  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 01:39:32

    Your simple opening is SO effective – I just sunk into this poem and didn’t want it to end… Gorgeous


  8. Kerry
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 03:33:40

    The sand dollars like spaceships is such a perfect comparison! You have created a perfect sense of balance in these lines between past and present beaches.


  9. Charmed Chaos
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 13:18:25

    How beautiful Toni. Such wonderful memories.


  10. purplepeninportland
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 20:43:29

    What dreams could be more beautiful than these.


  11. Marian
    Jun 22, 2019 @ 10:15:55

    Ah, so beautiful, Toni.
    As an aside, I have never seen sand dollars swirling in the water! That must be amazing.


    • kanzensakura
      Jun 22, 2019 @ 10:35:51

      It is. They float in the water and swirl in the waves to shore. They float over the heavier shells. You often see this in the spring or October on NC beaches

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