Seaside

block Island High Speed Ferry to New London: Photo by Noelle

block Island High Speed Ferry to New London: Photo by Noelle

Someone’s Coke had exploded on the window; no telling how long ago, but it looked old and crusted. The waves fill in the scene between the running, brown spots telling a tale of holidays and luggage, children eating crushed sandwiches with chips and foamy soda. My nieces are giggling in the booth behind me and I pretend to read my book. In truth, the ocean moving beneath my window is far more intriguing. The girls launch off to the outer deck leaving the Coke and me and the dark green sea. Such a vast ocean full of life and dancing seagulls that laugh at soda and women longing for their vacation not to end.

I breathe deep and feel the sand still embedded in my sandals rubbing against my heal. The vacation may be over but my morning walks are alive within me as I sail for home.

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

Some mornings the temptation to lie in bed would be great, but the island is a haven for bird migrations. The dawn is full of winged song and chattering old maids. Plus, I knew few walked the beaches in the morning leaving it mostly to myself. By nine o’clock people would be staking out their spots for the day, especially close to the water, but at the crack of dawn it’s a random dog walker and one or two folks likely fallen asleep on the beach from too much drink the night before.

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

As I walk the surf rolls over my feet, a tempting lover, but hard to get. It’s in the way she pulls at my ankles then drifts back into the sea as if she could careless at my response. I chase her, as any sun-drenched lover would and she covers my legs with love. She could beguile the hardest soul winking delicately in the new dawn and makes positive beggars out of crabs whose claws outstretch demanding she return them home.

I collect stones and fill my pockets, smooth and black or mica-covered quartz the favorites. I walk, rubbing them, committing to a seaside rosary of sorts as I speak to spirits that pull my hair into the wind. Salt graces my lips and I lick it off for breakfast, smiling at the seagull who hovers wondering what I dine on. “The same as you, my friend. The same as you.”

Mohegan's Bluff, Block Island: Photo by Noelle

Mohegan’s Bluff, Block Island: Photo by Noelle

I came upon a stingray, likely dead, but his eyes were still open and partially covered by a pool of water. I pulled him back into the seaweed thick surf and he quickly disappeared under the rolling garden. I could not tell if he lived or merely vanished in a tangle of kelp, but for some reason I felt very satisfied. After a time walking the beach I wondered at my need to deliver him from his death. We all must leave this plane at some point. The sight of death rarely disturbs me and I am at peace with the beautiful eco-system that has a purpose for even the decaying body. I sat on the sun-warmed sand and watched the surf for a long while. Clearly that day, I did not want either him or myself to be anywhere else but with the sea.

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

State Beach Block Island, Rhode Island: Photo by Noelle

19 thoughts on “Seaside

  1. Touching words… I love the way you highlight the value of little things here … Such as for instance when you say> I breathe deep and feel the sand still embedded in my sandals rubbing against my heal. The vacation may be over but my morning walks are alive within me as I sail for home…
    Beautiful post, dear Noelle. All my best wishes. Aquileana 🌟★🌟★

  2. Beautiful reflections, Noelle. I particularly enjoyed this line, “I walk, rubbing them, committing to a seaside rosary of sorts as I speak to spirits that pull my hair into the wind.” I felt that feeling that comes when our heart is a kite up in the sky, drinking in the view of another world, yet tethered still to the stones and the sunshine. Sounds like a wonderful getaway!

    Michael

    • It was immensely relaxing, my friend. Beautiful weather and ample sleep. If only we could tele-port home and skip the flying entirely…. And yes, the kite-like feeling. I have been feeling that much of late. Love the imagery there. Many blessings to your Sunday.

  3. I’m not sure which are more beautiful your words or your images, but it is all captured perfectly and comes together in the most wonderful way to remind me of walks by the sea in my hometown. I thank you my friend.

  4. This is so beautiful, Noelle. The sea speaks to me so much, I yearn for it. I’ve just returned from a week along the shores of Lake Superior – the closest thing to the sea for me. It was lovely, but just not quite the same…

    • I know what you mean. I live by the Rockies… hardly sea country. There are lakes, which I love, but there is something about that seaweed and salt air that does something for the soul. I believe there is something in the salt of it all that calls to our inner oceans.

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