Tuesday, March 20, 2012



“Closed for the winter “
Windows salt sea stained,
Doors all closed and shuttered
Puddles where it has rained.

Paper blowing down the street
Sand blowing from the beach,
Sea birds soaring and dipping
A sad and mournful screech.

Grey skies and murky waters
Wind blowing from the sea
“Closed for the winter”
Brings contemplation to me.

Two brave souls walking
On a jetty sprayed with foam
Happy to be walking
Yet happy to go home.

A coffee shop all cosy
With warmth inside its door
Breakfast available and ready
All this and so much more.

No outside tables and umbrellas
No shade from the blistering sun,
Just a bleak and forlorn picture
With winter nearly done.

The winter will not last
And signs will be taken down
Windows washed and shining
A summer sun beating down.

Children will play and splash
In the water on lengthening days ~
“Closed for the winter” will be just a memory
Which will fade in the summer heat haze.

© Linda J. Vaughan
Winter 2003

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