A Walk At Port Stanley Beach (A poem in draft)

the sky meets Lake Erie in a perfect seam of blue on blue

and here at our feet, the fresh clear water bubbles unevenly across the pebbly sand

we’ve walked this beach many times before

and you’re right, we should come back more often than we do

there are the vacationers – laying out their umbrellas, towels and picnics

there are the private homes and cottages

here are the grasses and trees planted by an old man with a deep care for the shoreline

are there more birds and crickets filling the air with their song?

here is the heavy clay which is crumbling down from the bluffs, browning the waters

the sky meets Lake Erie in a perfect seam of blue on blue

and here we sit together, loving and sharing an hour’s escape

we’ve not been able to walk this beach many times before

and you’re right, we should come back more often than we do

there a helicopter buzzes over the water – laying out a prelude to air shows and carnivals

there are the Bank Swallows, expert fliers, zooming over our heads

and here is a bit of driftwood, perfect for a garden

and here is a memory to carry

because you’re right, we should come back more often than we do

About the Poem

In 2017, Eric Adriaans decided to write a series of poems based on local culture, landmarks and locations in St. Thomas, Ontario.  Conceptually the series is titled the St. Thomas Suite and may form the basis of an upcoming printed collection. Other poems in the series include:

  • St. Thomas New Year’s Ghost Story
  • Magnolia at Sunset
  • Lilacs After A Spring Rain
  • BX

The Port Stanley Beach is a fifteen-minute drive from St. Thomas and is a popular local attraction in the summer months.

Writing Method

A Walk at Port Stanley Beach was conceived and the first draft written on June 15, 2018.  This is the first draft, written entirely by keyboard in the sequence as it currently appears.

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Article History

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  1. Original draft: June 15, 2018

 

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