A Seaside Sojourner
Oh lend me a house on the shore
with tidal grass for a front lawn
a porch with a view of the waves
and the cry of the gulls at dawn
Oh lend me a home on the beach
with tidal pools for gardens instead
that I might wander the silken sands
collecting shells for new poems in my head
Oh lend me a cottage by the sea
with driftwood statues set by the tide
weather-beaten, bleached, and smooth as skin
nature’s all season sculptures outside
Oh lend me a cabin on the ocean
with a sailboat for catching the breeze
Lingering here and there in an assortment of bays
as a sojourner of the seas.
This beach house and the surrounding acreage was donated to the town of Comox by Mack Laing (1883-1982) for a park that everyone can enjoy. He seemed to understand that whatever we own here is simply on loan, since we cannot take it with us when we die.
Upon doing some research, I found out that he was an avid naturalist, writer, scientist, and artist. He wrote some books and over 700 articles were published in a variety of magazines.
Seaside Blessings ~ Wendy
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it; the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon it upon the waters.