Day Twenty-seven

Our early-bird prompt this year (on March 31) was an ekphrastic poem. This is something similar — a poem written from a photograph. There are four below, one of which I hope will catch your fancy. But if you’ve a particular photo in mind that you’d like to use, go right ahead.

I had a particular photo in mind…


“inspiration” picture, a self-portrait

Walking meditation

She walked with purpose along the beach
But in no hurry, well aware that she had time
And the ocean to herself
Just she and her growing shadow
Keeping pace with the rising sun
She was there to say hello

She focused on the details
The damp sand sticking and falling off her bare heels
The waking birds celebrating the day in song
The holes from clams just catching their breath
The pulse of the ocean, coming in waves
Acquainting herself with what she was becoming

She didn’t know, not quite yet
That for the rest of her life
She would reach out for this morning
Grabbing hold of its lifeline
Whenever she was drowning
In the deep well of her own mistakes

She walked with purpose along the beach
Leaving footprints and regrets behind
Knowing that the ocean, regardless of witnesses
Withholds its judgment always
Brazenly forgiving herself more with every step
She was there to say goodbye

She grew more as her shadow shortened
Fueled by simplicity and the certainty
That life goes on, and knowing anything depends
On whether you’re a pelican or a clam
Or a woman on the beach walking with purpose
Through the morning and her life

~ Liesl Dineen 2014

What do you think?

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