Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beach House

A beach house should be built from driftwood,
cedar logs rust-red at the heart and bleached to silver outside.

A beach house should be floored with water-smoothed cobbles
bedded in mortar one step up from hardened sand.

A beach house should be thatched with dried dune grass,
windowed with brown and green glass worn to milky opacity.

The beds should be hammocks woven of kelp holdfasts
and lined with down gathered from the nests of brown pelicans.

We'll take a blue glass float that drifted across from Japan,
(arriving miraculously unbroken among the rocks below the lighthouse)
and fill it with sprigs of sea star and beach fleabane.

A beach house should fall down at the first good winter storm
and leave no trace.

Collection available! Knocking from Inside

1 comment:

Michelle Johnson said...

I'd like to have a beach house someday as I love the beach. But, I don't think I'd like it if it fell down after a winter storm and left no trace. Hope all is well.