Beach

God, a sweet part of growing old is this —
I still walk the shoreline,
noticing every shell, much seaglass,
a pile of smelly seedweed,
abandoned plastic bucket,
bit of broken lobster trap,

but I am no longer disappointed
that my particular footprints
will wash away,
also my poems, and the memory
of how I brushed my hair —
those small things.

The tide ebbs and flows.
In some places the beach
has been wide
and, in others, narrow, more rocky.
.
What matters to me is
that toes of children yet unborn
wiggle in the sand, chase waves.

These children will build sand castles
and they will find their words.

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2 Responses to Beach

  1. Darla Dee Ledger says:

    Maren, we love this! Another pastor is covering for me on April 28th with a beach theme for Bright Sunday and she and I would love to use this then in worship for the Contemporary Reading. I am always amazed at your writing! I am asking for her. We are doing a “sandal sunday” (or flipflops) because Jesus is walking on the beach that day post resurrection.

  2. Maren says:

    I would just be delighted!!!! And I am preaching that week … hmm.

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