Thursday, January 30, 2014

"The Bachelor"


The Bachelor

He'd traded glossy red lips
for cotton pink sunrises,

wet kisses
for salt-splashed cheeks,

flirtatious "promises'
for steady, tail wagging devotion.

Learnt to appreciate the curve
of dolphins' backs slicing the waves,

high tide's bounty
resting upon sandy dunes,

the gliding ballet of gulls
scanning the undulating boundless blue.

Waves, sun, dogs.  Pure simplicity.

by Margaret Bednar, January 30, 2014

This is for Friday Flash 55 - a story in 55 words or less.  I tried to deliver a sunny, no snow story for the G-Man.   Last weekend I visited the "winter' coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks.  This photo was taken on Hatteras Island.  We also ferried over to Ocracoke Island and I fell in love with that sweet, small town.

Below is a photo of a PERFECT shell we found.  Many crash in with the waves and break upon the rocks and sand as they are dragged back and forth, but this obviously was gently deposited high tide.  My daughters were so thrilled.  We brought it home and cleaned it and now it is on display to remind us of sun, sand, and ocean.


21 comments:

Alice Audrey said...

Sounds like bliss, but I'm not giving up my man.

G-Man said...

Margaret....
Even though we will never know for sure, maybe this concise little description of this scene is Dead On!
Loved your Beachcombing 55
And don't think I don't appreciate you thinking of the Funfest whilst on VaCa.
Have another Kick Ass Week-End!!

anthonynorth said...

You can't beat that simplicity. Lovely words.

Mr. Charleston said...

have you been spying on me?

Mary said...

Beautiful scene. I love the last line.... It is always interesting to speculate on people walking on the beach!

Brian Miller said...

i think too in trading that life for such beauty and simplicity he may learn to love in a more authentic way that the glossy red lips....smiles.

Ella said...

Margaret, I love your poem and you remind me of my home and the beauty of the Outer Banks! What a great treasure to find-but your true treasure was time alone with your daughter-fabulous!

TexWisGirl said...

dogs and nature make great companions. :)

izzy said...

Simple is best! thanks

howanxious said...

There is beauty in simplicity.
Loved the character portrayal. Beautifully penned.
-HA

Gabriella said...

Lovely and serene 55! I always enjoy the sea and empty beaches in winter.

Mama Zen said...

This is beautifully done, Margaret.

hedgewitch said...

That shell photograph is just stunning Margaret, and I relate to the 55--like Mark Twain said, (roughly)"The more I know of human beings, the more I like my dog." Your vacation sounds wonderful.

edenhills said...

Perfect!

Outlawyer said...

Sweet poem and looks like just a lovely trip. Thanks, Margaret. k. Manicddaily

grapeling said...

nice shell :)

and curious about the dog also being named Schooner... ~

grapeling said...

nice shell :)

and curious about the dog also being named Schooner... ~

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Beach and dogs what else is needed!

humbird said...

Margaret, you remind that real happiness - simple things ~ Love

Laura said...

Love your fifty five… that shell IS a beauty!

Ginnie said...

I'm still drooling over that perfect shell you found. You know your daughters will NEVER forget finding it!