Wednesday, July 18

A Poem for Thursday



He digs
as if
all
of his future
depends on it.
Scathing
of his older sister.
Dismissive
of her attempts
 to find
depth.

She creates
 pretty sandcastles.
Decorates them
with shells.
And makes
a beach garden
around them.

He
 has no time
for that.
For life is
too short.

And men must work.

This is linked to dVerse open link night anniversary week. A great site for poets!

19 comments:

  1. it's a shame, isn't it...and the worst...i'm a bit guilty of forgetting the sandcastles as well when life gets too busy...so thanks for the reminder gerry..

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    1. A lovely thought Claudia...thankyou!

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  2. I love it. And such profound truth there. So enjoy your display of words and picture in book form.

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    1. both kids were in their own worlds...such a great scene it was...thankyou!

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  3. I wonder what he's digging. it really is amazing how at such a young age boys and girls are already aware of societies' stereotypes. a really nice write. I like the picture.

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    1. thankyou RMP...whatever it was it was real serious stuff!

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  4. work is over rated...and sandcastles maybe as well....there are waves to jump and shells to collect and salt air to breathe and .....smiles...nice gerry

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    1. Brian ..I used to follow my big brother on the co. down beach wanting to be with him as it seemed to me that this was the real work....but I soon took to gathering shells and dreaming!!

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  5. I love this poem! As a mom of boys I totally get it. I can picture this scene so well. Thanks for sharing it :-)

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    1. he was oblivious to any one else and dug so intently...wonderful...thankyou!

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    1. shall we do this in August? yaaaa!

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  7. This here be one man that misses his work and the labor of it but then i wasn't building sand castles either...now which way is that beach?

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    1. if you can smell the sea...then you know that you are near!! dig castles..if not in the sand at least in the air!!

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  8. Sandcastles on the beach - is there a more glorious thing to do on a summer's day? I doubt it - and to sit and watch it washed away just adds to the appeal.

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    1. I love the sandcastle day at the town beach on the Bay...dad's get relly serious!!

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  9. I like this very much. It ticks all the important boxes.

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    1. thankyou Dave...I enjoyed writing it.

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  10. gerry I just love this poem - they are so concentrated - the painting workshop looks great - next time for me please!

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