Category: Landscape

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Beachcomber and Lover, Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States of America

Beachcomber

Beachcombing
You come with me
The same way you come shopping
Indulge me

Shopping
You come into the mall
Find a comfortable place
Then sit and read
Or people watch
Feign interest in the things I buy
Then watch over the bags
While I go to another shop

At the beach
You walk safely
Beyond the longest waves
While I splash about
Getting soaked
Finding sea stars and shells
Sand dollars and seaweed
Always feigning amazement
At the wonders I bring

But whether a crowded mall
Or an empty beach
You always come
Often despite my protestations
That you don’t like to shop
Or go beachcombing
That you’ll be bored
And I’m sure your time
Would be better spent
Doing something else

“No”
You say
“I’m coming”

And it always surprises me
Takes my breath away
When I notice that your feigned pleasure
In a new scarf
Or a hermit crab
Is just a distraction
Because you’re not looking at the object
I’m showing you
You’re looking at me
With the sparkle of wonder in your eye
And I’m reminded again
That you come
To be with me
And there’s no place
You’d rather be

And, my god
I could not love you more
For the way you take pleasure
In indulging me

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Sullen, Sullied Sky, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, United States of America

Beneath A Sullen Sky

The sky like the snow
Sullen and sullied
The latter a victim
Of spring thaw

The collected detritus
Of winter storms
Revealed beneath
Retreating drifts

While the clouds
Speak with the voice
Of ill wind and
Malcontent climate

But the lake
Ahhhh
The lake sparkles blue
And even the worrying breeze
Does little but kindle its glimmer

A beautiful scene
After the ranger’s warning
There would be naught
But the clouds to see