Looking West

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 05, 2017

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Looking West.

Sometimes there’s nowhere I’d rather be than beside the ocean. I’ll walk along the sandy beach from one end to the other until the tide turns to come back in, reaching almost as far as the cliffs.

I don’t like the sunny days when even this remote and quiet little stretch of sand can be invaded by too many bodies moving around, or even just laying there. No, on those hot days of summer I stay away.

The slate grey sky of a bad weather day will match my melancholy thoughts. The waves will rush in, crashing and frothing and I will sit on my favourite bench to watch. When the wind is blowing hard it is almost as though the ocean has become a tantrum-throwing toddler.

But once the tide is all the way in, it seems to calm, become a bit more settled. Resting before starting it’s return journey, maybe. It is at these moments that I let my mind drift westwards towards you, and it is now that I feel that you are here.

Stupid it might sound, but there you are sitting beside me. You take my hand and I take yours, our fingers intertwining. There’s no need to say anything, no need for words. Closer we lean together until I allow my head to rest on your shoulders. We just sit there, quietly, watching the movement of the waves, forever looking west. I can sit for ages here with you. There is a feeling of calmness so deep; strange when you think of that ocean and the sheer power of all of that water down below us.

And then you are gone, back across the sea. Nonsense, I know. Wishful thinking at it’s most powerful maybe, but that feeling of peace, of contentment, will stay with me for a while. And even when I move away from the coastline and head back in an easterly direction, it will be that western horizon that remains in my mind.


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