The Sand Bride

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A fanciful tale of a mysterious woman, and a past time.

Submitted: August 24, 2016

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She wanders along the beach

Among the sandpipers

And counts the many seashells that she's found.

Today there might be sunbeams to be counted

But she won't know for sure

Until the sun is going down.

 

She is beautiful

In that innocence world she lives.

A simple world of uncluttered hopes and dreams

Where the seashells and sunbeams are most important;

And most important are her thoughts,

Or so it seems.

 

She is the Sand-bride,

For white is all she wears,

And it suites her when she walks the beach at night.

She sings her songs of seabirds building castles

And of dreams becoming real

In moonlight.

 

I see her, now and then,

Near the Solis Beach,

Out beyond the dunes and near the shore,

Helping seabirds build their castles in the sand

So that she might sing her dreams,

Once more.

 

She saw me, once,

As I watched from the dunes

And she was at my side in the blink of an eye.

She smiled and then she reached to kissed me,

Disappearing

Into the melting sun-drip sky.

 

Her smile was a memory

Dressed in childhood

And her breath was the salty-air and the rain.

When she left, she took that vision with her;

 A lovely vision

That I could not quite sustain.

 

Now I try to write the words

That will paint a painting

Of the Sand Bride building castles with the birds;

But I cannot paint the salty-air and rain,

Nor can I sing her songs

Without words.

 

 

D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  08-23-2016


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