Like Children

we play like children
on a landscape of letters
grains of sand
we form into forts
the waves crash over
and scatter our word creations
we build again
remembering the moat, this time
we dig it deep around the palace plot
then add tall-tale spires
and carve out balconies and archways
to give it character
with shovel pens
and paper pails
we build word castles
like children,
digging our bare toes in the warm grains,
leaving our footprints
on the beach,
splashing in the waves,
adding on chapter layers
by the bucket
we play


Words and Photography ©2018 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

Posted in poetry & free verse.

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21 thoughts on “Like Children

  1. Tanya, lovely memories. It is off subject, but it reminds me of the phrase “sand castle virtues.” People’s virtues cannot stand the test of the tide. When we were little, we tried to hold the water back through moats to shift. We always looked out the hotel window to see if the fort lasted. Take care, Keith

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      1. Tanya, here is a set of lyrics from “Thick as a brick” by Jethro Tull.

        “And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away in
        The tidal destruction
        The moral melee.
        The elastic retreat rings the close of play as the last wave uncovers
        The newfangled way.”

        I had to find the source and I felt it was Jethro Tull. I wrote a post many moons ago on this topic.


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    1. Thank you, Vanessa! That means a lot to me. I am only posting a few times a week right now, and I am missing a lot of great posts from you and my other blogging friends, too. But, I treasure the ones I catch.

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      1. You are very welcome. And I am not posting every day either now, so that does help to explain all of that haha
        I feel the same, I do treasure the ones I catch. And thank you!

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