dream a little seaside dream…


when I grow younger
I will summer by the sea
and ride long each day the freedom of the waves
and the tide pools will hold the spills my heart makes
and I’ll be as light as seafoam on the breeze


and my lovies and their littles will gather there with me
in that great wide space beside the deep
to laugh in the surf
and play in the sand
and nod beneath the stars
all of us together easy
and peaceful,
filling up on sky
and trotting along the shore.

Summer 2010 119edited

I pluck  this dream from my hidden heart
as June with her busy way begins to throttle back
and make a space for July to slip in and slow this train on down,
and the sound of gears grinding stirs tears of yes and please and relief
as the shriek of speed begins to gentle
and Summer drifts in like a warm whisper
and I lean in to let her feathery touch brush over me
and let my dream sunsoak awhile  with me.

Summer 2010 154edited

 I wouldn’t want to beach it for all time
…a week in a house on stilts by the ocean is the most  I’ve ever known
and even so return home parched for green and lush and dappled light,
the soothing sounds and hues of the shoreline a welcome balm
but not a forever palette for me;
my soul would wither without trees.

Still,  I dream a dream of enoughness
to stretch out inside and linger long
a whole July beside the sea.


It’s always a rush to scurry back,  just a night or two away
now that I’m way too grown up
and it feels scandalous to even let myself play with the idea,
this wish my heart makes,
but I’m saying it out under the stars tonight
to let them twinkle their maybes over me.

Whoooosh,  there it is.
Letting go and letting loose my hope;
let it be.


“Throw your dreams into space like a kite,
and you do not know what it will bring back….”
-Anais Nin


  1. Julia Bourque on June 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Aww Jennifer, you sent me daydreaming again. What a nice dream to relax in the salty air that flushes all our cares away in the breeze.
    Just listen to the waves crashing loudly upon the shore giving us positive thoughts and taking back with them all the negative ones, leaving us in a blissful state of peace.
    When the ocean has had her way with us then it’s time to our leave and return home to the other beauties that keep changing around us.

    Happy Summer and Peace.

    For now

  2. Elephant's Child on June 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    There is magic, romance and beauty beside the sea, which you captured superbly. However, my garden is where I wan’t to live most of the time. My garden, my library, my bed.
    So many places and not enough time…

  3. Barbara on June 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    If I’ve been too long from sound of waves on a shore, I can feel it inside, that yearning and fading. But like you, I also need trees and my hills.

  4. rachel awes on June 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

    ohhh, a whole july beside the sea,
    + then back to greens…
    yes!, sweet friend, a kite into the sky!

  5. Lynn on June 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

    “filling up on sky”
    Something I try to do daily.
    The word alone makes me happy.
    I went to the west coast for the first time this past spring. The ocean was awesome. It was huge pleasure to sare beachcombing with my loves. Still, it wasn’t home without the trees and the green. A beautiful place. Magic. Different magic, but definitely magic.

  6. JILL on June 23, 2013 at 6:52 am

    What a wistful daydream, and one that I think we can all relate to! Beautiful!

  7. Bren on June 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I find myself longing for the calming rhythm of the ocean and your photos and words brought it to the forefront. Hope you get a chance to hang with the ocean for a little while and rest 🙂

  8. Kathy on June 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I am the very same way: a few days with the ocean waves is what I crave, but I would wither without the trees and flowers and grass beneath my feet. Variety…a breezy break…

  9. Jan on June 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Your photos are spectacular and transport me, along with your words, to that magical place of beauty.

  10. Barbara on June 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    A midsummer night’s dream – all fluttery and fresh and wistful. Love this!

  11. Judy Hartman on June 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, Jennifer. I love this post, your photos and your words…

  12. Donna on June 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Oh I am dreaming about the beach…I could do a month of relaxing on the white sands.

  13. Donna on June 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Oh I am dreaming about the beach…I could do a month of relaxing on the white sands.

  14. Michele Bergh on June 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I would like to live right there on the shore of your amazing photos. They make me feel free and alive 🙂

  15. Lindsay on June 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I wish I could join you there, hear the waves,
    write some poetry in the sand…
    Beautiful 🙂


  16. Susan on June 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Perfect summer seaside shots! But I agree with you about missing trees if I’m at the beach for too long!

  17. mary on June 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I am not usually a beach person. Give me the mountains…it’s green where I live, but somehow just a short drive North to the GA mountains the smell changes…I have never figured out what it is exactly, but it’s wonderful. But, this year, something in me yearns to be by the sea!! I want to walk the beach, watch the sunrise, drink coffee in the early morning hours before the sun beats down and it gets too hot to even walk on the sand without shoes …hen go back out at dusk and walk some more…then fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing upon the beach.

    We went last year, it was glorious. We have no plans to go this year, but maybe I need to.

    Yes, to linger a whole July by the sea…

    much love to you dear Jennifer!

  18. Nancy on June 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I love the beach and have been able to spend some time by the sea…Nothing restores my soul like the ocean…..

    You are such a dear and I am glad to be able to visit with you again….

  19. S. Etole on June 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve never seen the ocean but this certainly comes close to what it must feel like. So much beauty in your words and photos.

  20. jeanie on June 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Oh, Jennifer, how very perfect! I miss the ocean — it will be two years for us without Myrtle Beach in the summer (next year looks likely, along with a visit to Banner Elk!). But we’re headed to the lake this weekend for a whole week to uncork and relax. Quieter than the ocean, but there is water out the door. And yes, ever word you said is one I so relate to You just put it into words (and pictures) better than anyone else!

  21. Lee Ann on June 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    One of my dreams too Jen! Hope someday to be able to take our daughters, son-in-laws, and grandchildren with us… But my soul also would wither without those beautiful trees…so the dream would last a week or two.
    I hope you are doing well Jen and having a great summer. We need to take time to be those kids at heart again…it’s so important!

    Love and Big Hugs,
    Lee Ann

  22. Relyn on June 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    That first photo thrills me heart. I will be at the ocean in a few weeks and can hardly wait. I wanted to let you know that I did get the Linky set up for Things I Learned in June. I hope you’ll come see me and decide to play along.

  23. kathryn on July 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    awww…you whisked me back to my beach day a few weekends ago…the ocean is always healing, refreshing and fun!! happy July!

  24. leslie on July 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    ahhh, such familiar scenes. and it is good to dream dreams…

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