Preface & Heartsong

Posted: January 31, 2008 by Autumn in Autumn

If you can’t tell, I adore the beach. I’ve been dying to go back and relive last summer over and over again. It was the closest to a perfect summer I’ve yet to have, and the decidedly optimistic hope that this summer will be even better is very real to me. The biggest difference between the past and the future? I will walk on to the beach as a child for the final time, and I will leave the beach an adult. 

Standing still or changing
Waxing or waning
The only song—my dearest wish—I choose
     to listen to, to not ignore
(The breaking waves, the salty air
Piercing my eyes and lungs alike)
No other thrill will do for me
My heart belongs to the crashing sea
It so accepts, endears me to
A perfect, peaceful, pretty view
When I’m ashore—sand, setting sun
I feel as though I could stay
     for an eternity
          or two
Forget about my life away from the waves
Keep to myself—to the ocean, the sea
Alas, I leave with sighs and wistful looks
Time that once stopped is in motion again
To set a foot upon the sand is the greates joy I could presently feel–
To turn my back—it nearly kills

  1. Andréa Santos says:

    My favorite lines are:

    “I feel as though I could stay
    for an eternity
    or two”

    These lines captivate me when I read them aloud. BRAVO!

  2. Autumn says:

    Thank you.

  3. vmkimler says:

    I absolutely adore this poem. It seems so mystical and full of wonder. It sets me in a peaceful mood every time I read it. (And this makes the third time). I love the ending. It’s very strong.