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wishing on a wave


September 2 - September 7


froth-tinged waves

wash in

wash out

depositing, then taking

bits of stone and shell

sometimes rolling glistening gifts of

moonsnails up onto the beach

I wish I could ask the slippersnails stuck

tightly onto an old channeled whelk

to tuck the golden light and warmth of

these days filled with summer yet

hinting of fall into their shells for

safe keeping until a cold winter's day

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Bethe Hagens
Bethe Hagens
Sep 12, 2021

What an astonishing shell!!!!! I've never seen anything like that up here. Don't laugh. When I first glanced at the photo, I thought you had brought a replica of a Paleolithic "goddess figurine" out by the tide.

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Jean Linville
Jean Linville
Sep 13, 2021
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In a way that is exactly what it is. Perhaps you just saw the truth.

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