poetry and prose about place

between the tides – sea glass

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Walking on the beach at low tide creates a two-way competition for the eyes. 

First there is the pull of the sea – the vistas of distant shores, islands, boats and buoys to contemplate, and the crash and retreat of the ocean waves…


Second is the compulsion to watch the beach as you walk, searching for shells and  patterned rocks…

or the gem of beachcombers, sea glass…

When the tide comes in, we collectors come home from the sea, our pockets full of treasures we have found. 


sea glass

 tide turns

 sea withdraws

we walk on the ocean floor

heads down

eyes conditioned to color

of sea glass translucence

of fog softened edges muffled

greens and bottle blues

rare ambers and reds

tide turns

ocean swells

glass and stone together

etched by sea


© Jane Tims 2011

Written by jane tims

September 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

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  1. I have a collection of sea glass, too, scattered here and there in my garden. Nova Scotia’s shoreline looks a lot like New England’s… I love these lines:

    “eyes conditioned to color
    of sea glass translucence”


    Barbara Rodgers

    September 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    • Thanks Barbara. Torr Bay is really wonderful, so energetic, it never looks the same when we go there.. the beach has moved, the rocks are more exposed, and so on. Jane


      jane tims

      September 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

  2. Excellent closeups … your photographic lessons have served you well 🙂

    Another well written poem … great style…I may just copy it someday 🙂

    Great lines of fog softened edges muffled

    greens and bottle blues




    September 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

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