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2009 March 17
by Anne Heraghty

The Beach, Though Beautiful, Had Nothing

                               “The imperfect is our paradise.”
                                 Wallace Stevens

I was only thinking when I wrote the poem-
you know the one
observing the sand shifting on the beach, clouds
caressing waves at the horizon.
You could really hear
the surf, feel its freshwater breeze, see
North Point’s green tip across the bay.

Months have passed and no one
has appreciated that piece like you.
It was enough for me too
until this morning
reading his poem about carnations-
about a poem about carnations,
pristine bowl cupping perfect blossoms-
when I realized that
the beach, though beautiful
had nothing
to do with the loneliness I felt that day-
the way I wanted to run
across water, hop onto
uncertain clouds and ride
away from the shore
where all expectations of me
hollow wind through stone fort
near isolated elm.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. March 18, 2009

    Gorgeous piece. Love it!

  2. Jospeh permalink*
    March 18, 2009

    This is a marvelous piece. I especially like how it works the reader toward the end and the final, powerful lines.

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