A Seaside Sojourner



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. Β 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.

Psalm 24:1



102 thoughts on “A Seaside Sojourner

    1. Calee, I am so glad the house and property were donated to be a park. Otherwise the land would have been divided up, and a batch of pretentious homes would have been built. It’s a lovely park with trails through the woodland along a creek. xo

  1. When we see the beauty of this fallen world around us, it boggles my mind when I think how beautiful the new heavens and earth will be !!

    Thanks Wendy for all the wonders of nature you point out to us. They are a blessing indeed. Lord bless you.

  2. Thank you very much Wendy for information about Mr. Mack Laing. This man was just wonderful! All that we have belongs to God.

    1. Hi Julian! The cottage looks quite weather worn close up and seems to have a tenant? The park path goes right beside it and in front of it. It is very charming. There was a squirrel climbing all over it the first time we visited the park… I suspect it needs a lot of work inside and out before it is fit for public use. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh Wendy this is the most beautiful post x Imagine how wonderful that man must have been to want to share all that beauty with others. The photographs are magnificent and the scenery stunning but your poetry just puts the icing on top of the cake x It is fabulous well done x

  4. I absolutely love this poem and the pictures are marvelous! I love the first verse …. and the thought about collecting seashells for new poems … blessings, dear poet friend πŸ™‚

    1. Heidi, I think you would love the trails in this park. It follows a creek and comes complete with deer and tiny fish. Blessings to you also, poet friend!

  5. Your prose and pictures are indeed apples of gold all by themselves. πŸ™‚ And thank you for liking my poetry at OUR POETRY CORNER. Have more at THE MIGHTY MUMFORD, where I usually blog. Many Blessings t you, from our Lord…!

  6. Oh Wendy, you must know how much I LOVE this seaside poem, being such a yearning sojourner of such a place myself. I could just sit here all evening and imagine the rhythmic sound of the water, the salt tang in the air–so peaceful, quieting me so I can hear Him speak. God bless you Big–love, sis Caddo

  7. All the pictures and words emanated *peace*. I love the idea that so many people have been able to enjoy that house and park because of one man’s generosity and wisdom! Thank you for the reminder that everything is the Lord’s! Have a restful and joyful weekend. Blessings–Alison

  8. Exceptional post.Magic of our earth.The scenes so serene ..Thank you for your support and your visits.Have a wonderful day.jalal

    1. Thank you for the “sweet” compliment of nominating me! Although I do not participate in awards anymore, I appreciate the kindness, and I like to occasionally post a thank you post to my friends. πŸ™‚

  9. I love the sea and your post just touches me deeply, Wendy. The words are absolutely beautiful and invigorating. Thank you. So enjoy your blog.

  10. I’m with you on this one, ‘Oh lend me a home on the beach’ I cannot convince my husband to love the ocean. He is born and bred a mountain man. While I love them, too, there is just something about God’s wondrous seas! Lovely.

    1. Thank you, Paula! It’s the long weekend for us, so I’ve been out on extra walks. πŸ™‚ I’m missing my youngest son who is away at a youth camp. Hugs back, dear friend. xo

    1. Laurie, it has caused me to pay attention more to the information on other park signs and I’ve discovered another one also acquired this way ( A future post). πŸ™‚

  11. Oh! How I love this poem, I love the sea, God’s natural gift to us and the goodness in the heart of Mark Laing for donating the house to the town. And you cap it up with Psalm 24 was a fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
    Much love, always. πŸ™‚

  12. What a wonderful place you have captured for us and shared through your poetry and scripture!! You always make me feel better when I come here! πŸ™‚ God bless you!

  13. I only lived by the sea for some weeks while researching at St. Andrews University in Scotland. I was surprised that I really had to wear a scarf to protect my throat! But 3x now God has me living beside the waters of Lake Huron/St. Clair River. Maybe that’s why my daughter joined the navy πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the words describing what is beyond words…

  14. Lovely photos! Thanks for the beachside interlude. It reminds me that it has been too long since visiting the Island and that I should remedy that before the summer’s dashed away.

    1. Marilyn, the best time to travel here is before the schools are out for the summer or in the fall since the ferries are so busy. But if you like to people watch or enjoy reading and writing, while in a lineup, then you’re good to go anytime. Thank you for your “visit” here!

    1. Lele, if you want to visit a quiet and pretty seaside town – Comox is definitely it! It is quiet because a lot of people retire here due to the mild climate.

  15. I was fortunate enough to live in Half Moon Bay, California, a bit south of San Francisco. When I got home from work sometimes I’d walk the half mile to the ocean just to de-stress and ponder the vastness of God’s beauty. Now I’m about 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Need to make a point of visiting more often. Blessed with beauty!

  16. dear greenlightlady,

    I just want to thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog.
    Thank you so much.

    I look forward to finding out more about your love of nature and of course, the colour green! Every day the small jade Buddha which hangs around my neck reminding me of this colour πŸ™‚

  17. This is wonderful. It seems to me that we are stewards of whatever bit of creation falls under our care. We have been given the privilege of occupying our particular cottage for a while, and we should lovingly care for it and make sure that we leave it as hospitable and beautiful for future occupants as it was when we began our stay.

    1. I agree, Bill. We are wise to leave our plot better than we found it. In doing so, we set an example to the younger ones who watch us very closely.

  18. Great pics! I recognize lots of these places, so I’m thinking we live on the same Island πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for all your positivity on my blog. It’s been encouraging and helped keep me going. Love and respect!

    1. Comox Valley does not have as many neat old character buildings as Victoria; however, the traffic is less here. We loved walking around the old neighborhoods when we lived in on the southern tip 20 yrs ago. The whole island is lovely!

  19. Here is this simple piece of land…and I was watching a ‘home’ show earlier where this woman’s closet was at least the size of my own home.

    While I don’t have the sea, I have my little creek… Wonderful photos and verse. Cheers.

      1. Our first house was a cottage type home built in the 1890’s. Closet what closet? The two (one in each bed room had three hooks and the rod was added as an after thought – couldn’t hang a modern hanger in it and close the door – it wasn’t deep enough. They might have been two or three feet by eight or ten inches. Modern hanger base is about one foot! While visiting a 300 year old homestead out here we learned that most folks brought their own wordrobes, that usually came in two or three pieces so they could be moved. I think the wordrobe we saw was bigger than the closets we had.

        Have you seen the shows or articles on the Tiny House movement? A home not biger than a shed. This one gent arched his roof for the second level to give himself more room instead of the normal triangel roof. πŸ™‚

        1. Yes, I have read a bit about the small house movement and seen some interesting pictures. I like the idea of less house to clean and more time be be out walking etc. πŸ™‚

  20. I’ve been much too busy lately to stop by, but I set my mind to it tonight, and I’m so glad I did. How beautiful were your requests for a cabin by the sea… And my beloved Sister, I pray our Lord gives you your heart’s desires!


  21. Beautiful as always! I’m nominating you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. All the info will be in the post which will be up soon. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Julie, for the honor and congratulations on your award! Although I do not participate in awards anymore, I like to make a thank you post for any nominations etc. Blessings. xo

      1. I’m sorry. I think I’m right behind you in not participating anymore. They’re very time consuming. Your thank you here is enough, no need for a post. πŸ™‚

        1. Absolutely no apology needed… I enjoy giving back some blog love by doing a post for my blogging friends. I’ve done a few where I thank several bloggers at a time. xo

  22. Thank you so much for your like on my blog entry today. I’m happy that you found my entry so that I, in turn, could find your lovely site. Beautiful pictures and accompanying thoughts! I’m looking forward to following your blog posts! Be blessed!

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