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Sea, Shells and Smells

on July 7, 2013


Summer shouts VACATION & what better vacation than a trip to the beach

the essence of the . . .

Sea, Shells and Smells!

A trip to the beach implies—

Seagulls in flight, crashing waves, sandy toes
Ocean spray in a gaping mouth
Tangy sea air infiltrating the nose

 A walk on the beach uncovers—

Sand castles, starfish, sand dollars, seashells
Sea crabs among beds of sea grass
Aromatic scents of salty sea smells

 A day at the beach commands—

Sun-drenched skin, tan lines
A picnic on a beach blanket
Undertow warning signs

 A ride along the beach means—

Fresh air slapping the face
Sea smells blowing in the wind
Smiles all over the place

What is this pungent sea smell
In the air, in the sand
Among dead crab-shells
Spreading from sea to land?

It’s tiny pearls of inspiration
Scattered along a seashore of decay
Bits and pieces of nature’s poignant gifts
Waiting to be found any given day

 It’s the flight of imagination
Inhaling, exhaling with the tide
Nostalgic moments to be captured
Freeing emotions once held inside

Sharla Lee Shults

“Once your feet have touched the warm sun-drenched sand of the seashore
you will never be the same.”
~Patsy Gant

11 responses to “Sea, Shells and Smells

  1. Teepee12 says:

    I love the smell of the shore. I grew up near enough to the Atlantic that if the wind was blowing from east to west, there was always a tang of salt in the air. One of the more pleasant memories of childhood! I miss that, living so far inland. It’s why we usually vacation near the ocean … need that salty smell!

  2. joseyphina says:

    lovely piee, Sharla!

  3. Micki Peluso says:

    I could smell the ocean as I read this great poem full of imagery and memories.

    Love, Micki

  4. lovely one Sharla

  5. utesmile says:

    I love the smell of the sea! ..and shells , and sand… and the sea… I do love the seaside !

  6. Last year, I loved on the beach..Venice Beach, San Diego, Panama City enjoying the sea, the shells and the sand. This summer no sea, no sand, no shells. Thanks for reminding me of beach beauty.

  7. Sharla, this is one poem I wish I could print and frame with all its beauty.
    My peace has forever been at the sea for all the elements you have given it with especially the closeness I find with God. For me, there is no greater peace than at the sea where you experience the beauty, no matter how beaten from the storms or majestically perfect in landscape-it all spells the same-a light of hope. Thank you for another outstanding piece.
    Reflections of Mamie

  8. Raani York says:

    What a special piece Sharla. It made me smell the ocean – and the shrimps. *grin*
    You’re such a talent!!!

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