Beach-combing for terrestrials

Beach-combing for terrestrials

I walked the
beach alone,
in the presence of
some deeper soul.

Kelp and shell washed ashore,
scattered at random, polished
atop a white, sandy floor.

Salty drafts of air
pull back on my hair,
conjuring sensations,
combing through thoughts
before they disappear.

Waves tempered below
but turbid above
give shape to the horizon
line with undulating
inverted seagulls.

Senses submerged in a
plethora of wonder and
worlds undiscovered,
clean clarity confronts
the trapped terrestrial
with whale-sized blind spots,
no perspective of the other.

Footprints and debris soon
vanish under the tide’s recoil
and peaceful rest descends
on those who float together
devoid of selfish toil.


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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22 Responses to Beach-combing for terrestrials

  1. thomasgable says:

    Really neat photograph to go with the poem! you certainly capture the feeling of a overcast morning alone on the beach

  2. keelymyles says:

    ooo000OO000OOOooo…. โค โค โค it!

  3. Patti Hall says:

    Love this best, “Salty drafts of air
    pull back on my hair,
    conjuring sensations,
    combing through thoughts
    before they disappear.”

  4. kiwiskan says:

    you’ve really summed up the joy of beach-combing

    • Thank you, my friend! So glad you enjoyed my beach-combing poem ๐Ÿ™‚ You never know what to expect when you’re out roaming the sand, foraging for treasures. Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love these photographsโ€ฆjust beautiful.

  6. Silverleaf says:

    Beautiful photo. Your words remind me so much of my early summer holiday last year, walking the beach. One of my favourite memories; thank you for stirring it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are most welcome, my friend, and thank you for your kind words! It’s always exciting when my photos or poems stir memories and evoke meaning in the lives of others. Have a wonderful day & keep inspiring the world with your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful image and eloquent words. Thank you. Tyler!

  8. Alexa Jean says:

    Oh how this reminds me of walking along a wintery beach, I miss that so much living in the city. Thank you for evoking the memories.

    • You are most welcome, Alexa, and thank you! So wonderful to read that my photo/poem evoked coastal memories. It’s such a small world sometimes…one drop in the ocean can create a ripple effect. I hope you have a great day, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

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