Changing times, shifting sand

I found it relatively easy to think of a title for my blog. ‘Life’s a Beach’ because it seemed to fit with the idea of ‘Amor fati’ that I’ve blogged about earlier.

Life has times when things run smoothly and periods of rocky uncertain times. Looking at beaches – and we’ve done a lot of that since we moved to south-west Scotland – I see smooth sands, areas ribbed by the tide, parts smothered with heaps of sea-weed and vast expanses of sharp shingle and smooth pebbles. Then of course there’s the ubiquitous plastic which has proved to be a blessing and a curse.

We learn as we go through life, to take the differences, to enjoy what we can, change what we can and accept what we can’t control.

Or, to quote Reinhold Niebuhr, hope for the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

It’s some time since I wrote the poem ‘Life’s a Beach’ and I’m still not happy with it. There will be a more drafts, but this is still ‘work in progress’.


Life’s a Beach

 Shifting sands

Soft- sliding dunes

Carefree castles

Sun-baked stones


Chilling waves

Turbulent tides

Pools of dark mystery

Sun-bleached bones


Dingy detritus

Sculpted driftwood

Scattered jetsam

Shells or shelled homes


Challenging boulders

Crumbling cliffs

Eroding edges

Dared us to roam to


Cavernous depths

Whispering grasses

Walls of kelp

Washed with foam


Bobbing like flotsam

Trapped in rocky places

Shingle crunching

Life’s maelstrom





Author: annedunford

Now fulfilling my ten year old self's ambition to become a writer - it's taken many years and a long,long winding road to get here! After a lifetime spent teaching, making miniature ceramics, returning to teaching and training, I am now indulging in a lifelong ambition to write!

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