Sand Castles

A pair of seagulls     silent as white nuns
perch on a boulder near the shore.

Maia strokes Kaylee’s soft hair
as she watches Iain build
his sand castle at lake’s edge
just as his father taught him.
So like his father with serious eyes
and dogged determination.

 Maia shades her eyes     looks out
across the lake.
On the horizon     dark clouds
a bruise on the blue sky.

The sand castle adorned
with seaweed drapery is almost complete.
Kaylee pokes small feathers onto corner turrets
while Iain pours water slowly into its moat.
If their father were still here,
Maia knew he would have built
the castle with them.

A gust of wind ruffles the lake surface.
Waves pound the shore.
The seagulls screech alarm     circle overhead.
Maia, legs stinging from sand needles,
calls the children, and grabs her towel.
As they scramble up the beach,
waves smash against the castle walls.
Seaweed pulls apart the turrets      feathers
become airborne.
In tears, Iain looks back
each wave gradually dissolving
his dream.

 ©David Cawood


Comments:
 
Starlingpoet   Starlingpoet wrote
on 6/2/2009 12:08:42 PM
I love the first two lines -unique comparison of the seagulls to the nuns. Also -dark clouds .........a bruise on the blue sky - that is a very cool image!

WAN   WAN wrote
on 6/2/2009 1:29:28 AM
sad poem:( Nice one:) Is this your story?

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