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walk on the shore

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Sea-rocket (Cakile edentula Hook.)


clumps of Sea-rocket

are splashes of lime on sand

missiles from lavender flowers


pepper to tongue

pungent breath of Cakile

cardamom and caraway


flavour our laughter

giggles of gulls cross sober sand

intervention in sluggish lives


launches from Cape Canaveral

moon-walking on the beach

splash-downs in Sargasso Seas


most days are moth-eaten –

paper cuts, missives, e-mails to answer

problems, resolutions without teeth


the seawind smooths its sand

begs for someone to take a stick

scratch out a love song





Copyright 2015  Jane Tims

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June 17, 2015 at 7:35 am

Sea-rocket (Cakile edentula Hook.)

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Sea-rocket, also known as Seaside Mustard and caquillier in French, is found on sandy or gravelly beaches along the coast.

Cakile is a sprawling plant with succulent, branched stems.  The leaves are thick and fleshy, with blunt-toothed margins.  The four-petalled flowers are small, purple and located at the tip of the stem.

The name Sea-rocket comes from the distinctive shape of the seed pods.  These have a narrow base and a pear-shaped tip, like a rocket.  Cakile is an old Arabic name and edentula means ‘without teeth’.

Sea-rocket is edible.  It has a hot, pungent taste, similar to radish.  The stems, leaves and pods can be added to salads or boiled for 5 to 10 minutes to give a milder taste.



Cakile wind


the beach sizzles today

the breeze a peppered wind

the sand Cakile-hot


wind scours the shore-bands

of seaweed – rockweed, kelp

bleaches them, crisped and dry


sand dries, adheres to skin

brushes away, a rub

a sandpaper polish


the tongue too hot for words

the seas too salt for tears

tans ruined, scorched  and red



©  Jane Tims  2012



1. never eat any plant if you are not absolutely certain of the identification;
2. never eat any plant if you have personal sensitivities, including allergies, to certain plants or their derivatives;
3. never eat any plant unless you have checked several sources to verify the edibility of the plant.

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August 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

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