A quiet night.
The moon, exactly sliced in half,
Is poised in perfect symmetry between two sentinel stars.
The beach is empty now.
The waves roll in, though no one watches.
No one sees the endless love affair of earth and sea and sky.
The stars still shine,
The waves roll in, though no one watches.

Past midnight.
Gulls and people sleeping.
Boats at anchor gently rock with lullabies for dreaming sailors.
No one measures now the rhythm of the wind.
The sea oats dance,
The wind still blows, though no one watches.

Peaceful dreams.
Shifting sands converse in whispers.
Silent dunes stand guard as sentinel stars surround the moon on either side.
The ocean sings,
The sea oats dance,
The dunes stand guard, though no one watches.

Motion never ceasing,
Though gulls and people sleep.
The sands converse,
The half-moon shines,
The wind still blows,
The waves roll in,

Though no one watches.

~ written at Atlantic Beach, June 11, 1981

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    23 days ago

    Thank you for taking me to the beach. Julie, I loved your imagery, especially in the moon, “Is poised in perfect symmetry between two sentinel stars.” A very peaceful and descriptive poem.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    23 days ago

    Wow. What a nice poem you have written in Atlantic Beach, Julie. All the description is mild and soothing into my mind and my heart. I love it. 

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Julie Harris
    21 days ago

    You’re most welcome.

    Yes! You are right about reading my comment. I am on my practicum right now as one of the requirements to finish my course Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing Management. Thank you for extending your hopeful wish, Julie. I am positive that God will provide my endeavor and future success.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Julie Harris
    10 days ago

    Thank you so much.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    21 days ago

    A beautiful and soothing poem, Julie. It’s so surprising what we find when we look through previous works, isn’t it. Lovely 😊

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    Reply to  Julie Harris
    21 days ago

    My favourite memory from childhood was a camping holiday at Applecross on the west coast of Scotland. We sat eating jacket potatoes that had burned in the bonfire watching the Perseid meteor shower over the sea. It was the most magical thing I’d ever seen. I was only ten.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    Reply to  Julie Harris
    21 days ago

    Yes, that one was mine. Sadly, I haven’t seen them for a few years because of cloud cover. Even the blue moon was subdued by thin cloud. Still got my photo for posterity though.

    Susan Giles
    Susan Giles(@susan-giles)
    21 days ago

    What a peaceful poem. I especially like the phrase, “sentinel stars surround . . .” Its been waiting a while to be shared with us!

    15 days ago

    Julie, lovely poem. I like the repeated phrase no-one watches ( although you of course are watching at 2am). The imagery is sublime and the dance of light and sound throughout is very evocative. I wonder whether this would be a suitable poem as a villanelle. You would need a second repeating phrase but you have the talent and a beautiful subject.

    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    14 days ago

    How tranquil and peaceful your poem is. I have enjoyed being alone in this setting. It brings inner peace. Well described, and beautifully worded, Julie.

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