Deserted Beach

Long stretches of golden sand before my eyes,
the sea lapping gently as if caressing the land.
Quiet on this midwinter day, yet full of wonder.
Walking along the deserted beach,
chill north winds bringing water to my eyes.
Sand packed hard as frost and wind
do their best to keep the land frozen.
Razor shells protruding like mini way markers
along the route, leading further than the eye can see.
Sand blasted away from these protrusions by gusts,
leaving shallow sand trails I their wake.

Low dunes offering sanctuary to sheltering wildlife,
cowering from the frozen blasts among grass and heather.
Spiders, ants and a myriad other insects,
attempting to gain a slender foothold on the drifting sand.
Sea birds hop along the shoreline, searching for a meal,
then wheeling up into the air as I approach.
Squawking out to their comrades, warning of my presence.
I walk on leaving my own footprints in the sand,
footprints covered by nightfall with newly frozen sand.
Water laps ever higher up the beach,
until it is time to return to the depths.

©2012 Trevor Litchfield

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