Friday, July 19, 2013

The Beach

I went to the beach
because I thought
my children needed
more practice swimming
I gathered the means
And slathered the cream
And felt exhausted
Just beginning

But the cool waves' kiss
and sea gulls' greeting
and the wandering puffs
in the blue abyss
Loosed the choking chains
Of duty
Freed my child's spirit
to hear them laughing

I went to the beach
Not knowing all the while
It was I who needed practice
Remembering how to smile

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