Plum Island Haibun

Pavilion Beach, Ipswich, looking out at Plum Island

Seabirds scream overhead before diving into Pavilion Beach’s gentle waves. Tide pools reflect the sky. Surrounding sand is cold and muddy, squashing between my toes. A salty wind scrubs my skin raw.

The Ipswich beach is not crowded, but on one side, a sausage dog sniffs my feet and looks askance. On the other side, college students discuss over-drinking and under-studying, their laughter louder than the waves. Across the Sound, Plum Island’s sands gleam whiter than wishes. I daydream about solitude over there: just my family, the seabirds and the sunshine, sea winds blowing my cares away.

tide ripples and footsteps on the sand

I look down at the ripples left by the tides. Overlaid are footprints of people who arrived, gazed at the same sights as me, and then departed. They left these traces of life behind: bare feet, shod feet, children’s feet, bird feet. I add my footprints to the chaos left by otherΒ beach lovers. I am part of a greater whole, separate, yet no different.

white boat bobs
sails furled, engine quiet
bird feet leave no trace

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

38 thoughts on “Plum Island Haibun

  1. That was really wonderful Brenda, transported me there perfectly, and made me feel that sand between my toes!! πŸ˜€ I’m looking forward to the really warm weather so I can get to the beach myself, it’s not too cheerful in spring, that sea air is very sharp, and the ocean is part of the north sea – very cold, but perfect place to be on a hot day! I have an Ipswich near to where I live, but there’s no beach. There are quite a lot of Norfolk and Suffolk place names in the US – fascinating!


    • Yes, I was trying to plan my jaunt, and I accidentally pulled up your Ipswich, and was briefly confused, but I sorted it out with a laugh. Boston is in Suffolk County. Hmm, I wonder where those names came from… πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by! Brenda


  2. Oh, I love this Brenda!! It is so dreamy and beautiful and poetic and wonderful!! πŸ™‚ I could just frame this whole post and read it every day and feel happy!! πŸ™‚ Lovely, lovely, lovely!! πŸ™‚


    • Aw, thank you!! You are a lovely friend! I did have a relaxing time at the beach, even though it was a bit short, due to the lack of bathrooms for my daughter. LOL Still it was precious daydreaming time. Have a great week!! Brenda


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