'Beachcombers' is from Lorraine Walker Williams' new book, 'Simply Sanibel Poems,' which is now available in island book stores and online.
'Beachcombers' is from Lorraine Walker Williams' new book, 'Simply Sanibel Poems,' which is now available in island book stores and online.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Beachcombers is from Lorraine Walker Williams' new book, Simply Sanibel Poems, now available around the island and online.

 

Beachcombers

Have you seen the elderly walk the beach,

so careful in their pause and stoop,

searching tidal pools for shells to scoop,

grasping what their hands can reach,

 

scanning shores for something new,

as sand gives way to joints and bones,

wrinkled hands reach for sea-smooth stones,

sun rays warm skin’s well-tanned hue.

 

On the beach one is never old—

Watch family help one long in years,

cautious steps, smiles wide appear,

becoming ageless as they stroll.

 

A glint of childhood in the eye restores,

and their inner child escapes once more.

 

Lorraine Walker Williams

 

About the poem: On the island the Sanibel Stoop is part of seeking shells. Watching families wander the shore helping those who are older I noticed that the joy of discovery knows no age and the beach brings out the child in all of us.

This poem from my latest book, Simply Sanibel Poems which is available throughout the island at gift shops and Mac Intosh Books or online at amazon.com. Contact me if you would like a signed copy. Lorraineww657@gmail.com