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Visions On The Beach


I walked along the beach today, and there I saw them all;

including the latest lost: little Tiven, Tommy, Michaela & my Paul.


Grandma painted at her easel, set upon the dune.

Uncle Eddie bent in half, laughing like a loon,


Oliver growled and chased birds, still thinking he’s a dog,

Tiven gathered sand dollars, arranged them on a log.


Michaela watched a mermaid hit the waves with a fancy spin,

Tommy just looked on with his I-have-a-secret grin.


Paul gathered his beach finds in a pile to take home,

I walked along, bulging pockets, trying to memorize this poem.


I see that look in your eyes. You really think I’m crazy now–I know you do,

but if you walk the beach or woods you’ll have a chance to see them too.


copyright 2013 Patti Hall

Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

10 thoughts on “Visions On The Beach

  1. Love it! I walked the beach with you as I read and it was a wonderful walk. Thank you Patti.

  2. The very best yet. So visual I could almost smell the sea

  3. No you aren’t crazy. Inspired is more like it.

  4. Goose bumps. I love it. “I walked along, bulging pockets, trying to memorize this poem.” That’s an “ah, yes” line for a poet/writer. Such a fine tribute to your lost loved ones.

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