Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sand Painting

Sand Painting
©2003 by Susan Noyes Anderson, His Children, Vantage Point Press

A child is playing in the sand.
What secrets does he understand?
He knows the magic of the sea.
The evidence is in his hand.

A blond head turns away from me
but I can feel the mystery.
It’s in the line his body makes…
the bend of elbow, neck and knee.

And watching him, my soul awakes.
His beauty swells and crests and breaks
in child-like wonder on my heart.
His innocence is all it takes.

Perhaps the ocean plays a part
in summoning this healer’s art.
The boy entranced me from the start.
The boy entranced me from the start.


Braden said...

What a lovely word picture! I love the way you repeat that last line. Really lovely work.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

that's so great!

Karen Mortensen said...

Beautiful as always. I love those pictures.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love the photo and the poem was perfect.

Audrey @ TheDailyWyatt.blogspot.com said...

What great pictures!

My name is PJ. said...

What a beautiful picture you paint. You've captured him so perfectly!!

Anonymous said...

Precious pictures and wonderful poem. Hugs

Roger and LeAnn said...

That was an awesome poem. I think you should publish a book of poems. Perhaps you already have.
Thanks for sharing!
Blessings to you!

Amy said...

Aw, what a sweet poem! You really capture the curiosity and magic of a child at the beach. Beautiful!

Lourie said...

I love those pictures! Sand play is so fun...to watch. hahaha.

karen said...

Sweet. I love to watch little ones playing in the beach sand.

Em said...

This is right up my alley!!!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

"And watching him my soul awakes..." I just love this line of the poem. It is so true. Children can really awaken our souls when we choose to live in the moment and watch them.

Loved this, Sue. Made me smile.

Momza said...

So lovely, Sue.
I am convinced that time stands still at the beach.

Our family chaos said...

Love that. Beautiful picture and I love the poem too!

Darlene said...

Rhyming the first, second and fourth lines is hard for me. I love that you can do any kind of rhyming poetry. This is a sweet one and the picture of Bryce in the sand is perfect to go along with this particular piece.

Sue said...

Don't know if you noticed, Mom, but I did more than rhyme the 1st, 2nd and 4th lines of each verse. To keep the rhythm flowing between stanzas (and thereby create a feeling of the sea), I took the last word of the third line in each stanza and made it the predominant rhyming sound for the following stanza. It really has a neat effect, I think...kind of like the tides going in and out.

I like the continuity.


Jill said...

'and watching him my soul awakes' I love that!

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