Gifts to Bring Back from the Seashore

April 9, 2024
beach at Chacala Mexico

beach at Chacala, Mexico

Gifts to Bring Back from the Seashore                   

From bare feet walking in wet sand,
I would bring to you.
How simply they say,

With trust that we hold
For a moment, each other’s heart,
Carefully, gently,
As we share.

Of play,
Children creating castles,
Digging holes the surf will soon fill,
The sea will wash away.

Endings and beginnings,
I bring to you
Families leave, grow up,
Return with children.
The sea will again whisper  ola hello welcome

I bring to you footsteps mine, yours,
Left in wet sand,
Part of eternity.

I bring to you
Sunsets spilling roses and bird songs
As surf curls, claps, thunders in our ears.

I bring to you
Let it refresh you,
Invite you to plunge
Into your work, your play, like pelicans.
Watch them dive from sky to sea,
Soar upward again,
Walk with me barefoot across wet sand,
Knowing the brevity of now.

— Nancy Bo Flood, from Chacala, Mexico

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...